State Museum logo

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.

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1990)
    This is the Winter 1990 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, 1990)
    This is the Summer 1990 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, 1990)
    This is the Spring 1990 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, 1990)
    This is the Fall 1990 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, 1989)
    This is the Winter 1989 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, 1989)
    This is the Summer 1989 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, 1989)
    This is the Spring 1989 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, 1988)
    This is the Winter 1988 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, 1988)
    This is the Summer 1988 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, 1988)
    This is the Fall 1988 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, 1987)
    This is the Winter 1987 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, 1987)
    This is the Spring 1987 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, 1987)
    This is the Fall 1987 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, 1986)
    This is the Winter 1986, volume 11 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 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1986)
    This is the Spring 1986, volume 11 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 exhibitions, ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1986)
    This is the Fall 1986, volume 11 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 exhibitions, ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1985)
    This is the Winter 1985, volume 10 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 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1985)
    This is the Spring 1985, volume 10 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 exhibitions, ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1985)
    This is the Fall 1985, volume 10 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 exhibitions, ...
  • Images 

    South Carolina State Museum (South Carolina State Library, 1984)
    This is the Spring 1984, volume 9 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 exhibitions, ...

View more