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$15.5 Million Invested in New Florence County Museum

September 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 2 -- The South Carolina Department Parks, Recreation and Tourism issued the following news release:

More than $15 million was invested in building a new Florence County Museum on Cheves Street in downtown Florence to expand its service of sharing the unique culture of the Pee Dee region.

Within the new building's 12,000 square feet of exhibit space are a total of six galleries: a special exhibit gallery that will showcase art on loan from other institutions; a focus gallery that will highlight art from the museum's permanent collection; an education gallery that will exhibit corresponding content for children of all ages; a community gallery that will focus on the history of Florence County municipalities; a history gallery that will display artifacts from the Pee Dee region's pre-historical period to today, and an open collection storage gallery. The new museum building also houses classrooms, studio space, administrative offices and a state-of-the-art collection storage facility.

The project was a collaborative effort between Florence County, the state of South Carolina and the Trustees of the Florence Museum. The museum will be open to the public on Oct. 11 and admission will be free.

Ten permanent jobs were created from this investment.

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