Florence Co. museum construction nears completion

FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Construction on the Florence County Museum is in its final stages.

The $11 million project is expected to be finished in June of 2013, but museum leadership said they do not see the museum opening until spring of 2014.

The completion of this building will be the final revitalization in downtown Florence. The revitalization aims at pulling people back into the downtown area. Chairman of the Florence County Museum Commission Board, Jean Leatherman said museum staff cannot wait to open the doors, because the museum will help to draw the people back to the heart of the city.

"We'll be able to accommodate field trips from the local schools and surrounding counties," said Leatherman. "It's going to be very invigorating to see the activity of this new museum, and teaching people about our culture and our history in our area."

The two story, 28 thousand square-foot building will house both local and national art. Special features are being added to the museum that will allow for Smithsonian Tours.  The museum will feature climate conditioning, humidity control and added security, which are just a  few standards needed before the Smithsonian would allow their art tours to  be housed in the Florence County Museum.

Florence County, DRS. Bruce and Lee Foundation and the state all pitched in to make this addition available for the community.

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