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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  • Bring learning to life : teacher resource guide Fall 2019-Spring 2020 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2019-05-15)
    The South Carolina State Museum provides this guide for teachers in conjunction with site visits. It is guide to every education class, tour, exhibit and show at the South Carolina State Museum.
  • Fiscal Year 2019-2020 accountability report 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2020)
    Each year the South Carolina Museum Commission produces an annual accountability report for the South Carolina General Assembly and the Budget and Control Board. Included is an executive summary of services and accomplishments, ...
  • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes teacher's guide 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2013-10-04)
    These materials have been developed as a supplementary resource for educators bringing their students to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Included are eight science and language arts lesson plans, take-home ...
  • Bring learning to life : teacher resource guide Fall 2018-Spring 2019 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-10)
    The South Carolina State Museum provides this guide for teachers in conjunction with site visits. It is guide to every education class, tour, exhibit and show at the South Carolina State Museum.
  • Fiscal Year 2018-2019 accountability report 

    South Carolina Museum Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    Each year the South Carolina Museum Commission produces an annual accountability report for the South Carolina General Assembly and the Budget and Control Board. Included is an executive summary of services and accomplishments, ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2019-07)
    This is the Summer 2019 issue of Images, the newsletter of the Friends of the South Carolina State Museum, published quarterly by the South Carolina State Museum. It provides articles on new exhibitions, programs and events, ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 2019-04)
    This is the Spring 2019 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 ...
  • Field to factory : Afro-American migration, 1915-1940 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1990)
    This program describes events at the South Carolina State Museum between March 4-May 25, 1990 about African American migration to the North, along with a short history of this internal migration between 1915 and 1940.
  • 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 ...

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