Thanks to the generosity of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and Florence County, allocated funding was secured for the purpose of constructing a Florence County Museum facility.
While the Florence Museum Board of Trustees is responsible for the museum collection, the Florence County Museum Board was established in September of 2008 by the Florence County Council to fulfill the mission of constructing a new museum facility. The Florence County Museum board is made up of thirteen members, nine of which are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the County Council, and two representatives from both the Florence Museum and the Community Museum of Lake City. The Florence County Museum Board was establish in response to a 3:1 match of funding made available through the State of South Carolina.
The Florence County Museum Board, in collaboration with the Florence Museum Board of Trustees, have been working with architectural team Cooper Robertson and Partners to design a building which will be located on the corner of Cheves and Dargan Street. This facility, nearly 30,000 square feet, will house the collections of the Florence Museum. The Florence County Museum will have nearly 11,000 square feet of exhibit space built to the highest museum standards, providing classroom space to accommodate large tour groups and children, and a courtyard for outdoor objects and sculpture. More information about the new Florence County Museum facility will be featured in the future on this blog.