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In 1971, Governor John C. West appointed a committee to study the feasibility of establishing a state museum. The General Assembly in 1973 created a South Carolina Museum Commission with nine members, one from each of the six Congressional districts and three at large.

Opening on October 29, 1988, the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia has four floors of exhibits dedicated to art, history, natural history and science/technology. The State Museum is housed in its largest artifact, the former Columbia Mill, which opened in 1894 as the first totally-electric textile mill in the world.

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  • Museum impact report 2012-13 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013)
    This sheet describes the State Museum and its economic impact on the state.
  • About your museum 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013)
    This brochure describes the State Museum, its exhibits, membership options, special events, etc.
  • 100 years/100 artists : views of the 20th century in South Carolina art 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2001)
    This exhibition chronicles the development of the visual expressions we call "South Carolina art. It offers a "view" of the trends, the developments, the impact and the triumph of South Carolina art in the 20th century. ...
  • Fiscal Year 2015-16 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    Each year the South Carolina Museum Commission produces an annual report for the South Carolina General Assembly and the Budget and Control Board. Included is an executive summary of services and accomplishments, mission ...
  • Images winter 2014 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2014-01)
    This is the Winter 2014, volume XXIX no.1 issue of Images, the newsletter of the Friends of the South Carolina State Museum, published quarterly by the South Carolina Museum Foundation. It provides articles on new exhibitions, ...
  • Images summer 2013 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013-07)
    This is the Summer 2013, volume XXVIII no.3 issue of Images, the newsletter of the Friends of the South Carolina State Museum, published quarterly by the South Carolina Museum Foundation. It provides articles on new ...
  • Images spring 2013 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013-04)
    This is the Spring 2013, volume XXVIII no.2 issue of Images, the newsletter of the Friends of the South Carolina State Museum, published quarterly by the South Carolina Museum Foundation. It provides articles on new ...
  • Images fall 2013 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013-07)
    This is the Fall 2013, volume XXVIII no.4 issue of Images, the newsletter of the Friends of the South Carolina State Museum, published quarterly by the South Carolina Museum Foundation. It provides articles on new exhibitions, ...
  • Fiscal Year 2014-15 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2015-10-14)
    Each year the South Carolina Museum Commission produces an annual report for the South Carolina General Assembly and the Budget and Control Board. Included is an executive summary of services and accomplishments, mission ...
  • Accountability report fiscal year 2012-2013 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013-09-16)

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