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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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  • Smash 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 1983)
    This is the Winter 1983 issue of Smash, 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, programs and ...
  • Smash 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 1983)
    This is the Summer 1983 issue of Smash, 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, programs and ...
  • Smash 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 1982)
    This is the Winter 1982 issue of Smash, 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, programs and ...
  • Smash 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 1982)
    This is the Spring 1982 issue of Smash, 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, programs and ...
  • Smash 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 1982)
    This is the Fall 1982 issue of Smash, 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    This is the Summer 2017 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    This is the Fall 2017 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    This is the Winter 2016 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    This is the Summer 2016 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    This is the Spring 2016 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    This is the Fall 2016 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2015)
    This is the Winter 2015 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2015)
    This is the Summer 2015 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2015)
    This is the Spring 2015 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2015)
    This is the Fall 2015 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2014)
    This is the Summer 2014 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2014)
    This is the Spring 2014 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2014)
    This is the Fall 2014 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2011)
    This is the Fall 2012 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, programs and ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2011)
    This is the Summer 2011 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, programs and ...

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