FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Eight years and $12 million later, the Florence County Museum is finally finished.
Special lighting, security and temperature controlled environments allow the facility to hold any Smithsonian Exhibit.
"The museum, built by architects from New York designed by them, the same architects that build wonderful museums around the world," Florence CountyChairman James Schofield Florence County said.
The building sits at the intersections of North Dargan and Cheves Streets, a location carefully planned and thought through.
"We wanted it to be in downtown Florence. We wanted it to complement the performing arts center, the Little Theater, the Bruce and Lee Library," FlorenceCounty Museum Board Chairman Jean Leatherman.
All are known as the pearls of Florence, facilities both county and city leaders say will help recruit industry.
The museum is the final piece on that necklace.
The pearls will help expand the county's tax base and ultimately help keep taxes low.
"That is such a big help to drive economic development, and economic development is the engine that drives the county," Schofield said.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Duke-Energy presented a check to the Florence County Museum.
"On behalf of Duke-Energy, I would like to present a check to the Florence County Museum for $70,000," Mindy Taylor, DE district manager said.
This money is going into an interactive learning table. The touch screen gives museum goers the opportunity to learn about Florence County through pictures and video.
"Particularly for young people who are used to learning with technology versus a static exhibit. It's an opportunity to have an exhibit that's ever-changing and timeless," Taylor said.
The grand opening for the museum is next Saturday, October 11 at 9 a.m.