While some people like to explore a city by simply walking amidst the streets and shops of an area, another great way to learn more about a city it to learn about its history. A trip to the Florence County Museum will provide guests the opportunity to travel back in time and learn about the early periods of Florence. Read on to learn more about what you can discover when you visit the museum.
Starting all the way back to the Cretaceous period, you can see fossils that were found in the area hundreds of years ago. Next learn about the Native American and Colonial periods of the south through various artifacts and primary sources. Did you know about the role that Florence played during the Civil War? At the museum see artifacts from the Florence Stockade prison camp as well as the Confederate Naval Yard located at Mars Bluff. The museum even houses fragments of the MK-6 atomic bomb that was accidently dropped on Mars Bluff back in 1958. Also at the Florence County Museum is the impressive Wright Collection of Southern Art. The collection showcases over 140 works from some of the finest Southern artists of the 20th century. Works from artist’s such as Alfred Hutty, Thomas Hart Benton, Alice Huger Smith and Helen Hyde are showcased.
Throughout the year, the museum also offers various events and educational programming that can be enjoyed by the whole family. In fact, you have little ones, enjoy Mornings at the Museum, a fun and interactive program made specially for children ages 3-5. The event is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month during the school year. You can also enjoy new exhibits that rotate in and out of the museum. You’ll find the museum at 111 West Cheves Street in Florence. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm and on Sundays from 2pm - 5pm. The museum is closed on Mondays. Additionally, admission to the museum is FREE.