The South Carolina State Museum will hold one of its ever-popular Dollar Days on Sunday, November 3. Museum Dollar Days are held on the first Sunday of the month. Admission to the State Museum will be $1, a substantial saving over the regular admission, However, there is an extra charge for the King Tut exhibit.
The State Museum, located in the old duck mill building at 301 Gervais Street, has 4 floors and by its own admission is “South Carolina under one roof.” Divided into art, natural history, science and technology, and cultural history, there is something for everyone.
There is also a well-stocked gift shop, the Cotton Mill Exchange. The Museum is an excellent place to learn about our state and is an incredible bargain on dollar day.
The Museum is currently undergoing some renovations. Accordingly, the front entrance is closed and visitors enter from the covered parking deck on the western, or river, side of the building.
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Berry School House
The Berry School comes to the Museum from Spartanburg County. It was a one-room school that operated at the turn of the twentieth century. While the roof and exterior are new, the interior is entirely original.
This replica of Fort Moultrie is on the fourth floor as well. It shows the original fort which was made from palmetto logs. It was the resilience of the palmetto wood that made British cannonballs bounce off. The patriots retrieved the cannonballs and fired them back at the British;recycling before it was ever invented!
The CSS Hunley is one of the more popular exhibits. However, it does not look at all like the real sub. The real Hunley is longer and narrower than this model which was based on a painting from 1864. The real Hunley was found in 1995 on the bottom of Charleston Harbor. The model was made by Clemson engineering students for the Civil War Centennial in the 1960s.
The Best Friend of Charleston
The Best Friend of Charleston was one of the first railroad trains to run in South Carolina. It ran from Hamburg, now North Augusta, to Charleston.
Finn, the Museum's iconic Giant White Shark hung unnamed for the first 25 years of its life. It gained its name as a result of a contest held in conjunction with the Museum's 25th anniversary in the fall of 2013