The Museum houses a diverse collection of more than 70,000 pieces of art, artifacts, fossils and more. The museum’s collection and permanent exhibits focus on four disciplines -- including art -- which reflect the rich history of South Carolina dating from the pre-historic era to the present.
The art collection includes traditional portraiture and decorative arts through to contemporary work by South Carolina artists. Artwork is featured in changing exhibits in the Lipscomb Gallery, and throughout four floors of permanent exhibit space.
Watercolors from the 90s through 2009, as well as archival materials
Relics and gear from an astronaut who served on 5 missions
80 artworks highlight the breadth and depth of work produced by South Carolina artists
Batiks, a hand-made prayer quilt, and more dedicated to those murdered at a Charleston church
Examining the devastation of the Civil War, including changes in labor, society, and law