State Museum

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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