FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The Florence County Museum is said to be one of the Pee Dee's premier museums. It's been in its new location in downtown Florence since October 2014.
The land that the new building took over was completely vacant for twenty years before the museum was re-located. This location was chosen to bring more foot traffic to downtown Florence.
This was a partnership between the county and the state. It was important to city leaders that downtown Florence was the place for this new museum, because of the continued redevelopment plans for the area.
Stephen Wukela, Mayor of Florence says, "We were thrilled with the idea to have yet another public investment downtown that would provide cultural amenities and also bring frankly foot traffic. What they were able to end up constructing and what we are able to now end up enjoying downtown was nothing short of a fantastic Smithsonian quality museum."
The mayor of Florence also explains that the city is thrilled to have another public investment downtown that provides cultural amenities while also bringing people from around the globe.
The new location is also right in between two districts of downtown. "We have arts and culture with the performing arts center right across the street and then we have the historic district with Florence's most historic buildings," says Stephen Motte, the Curator Interpretation and Collections at the Florence County Museum.
With over 3,200 feet in exhibit space, the new start of the art museum can hold even more artwork now. Motte adds, "What we bring to the community are exhibits and programs. We have been able in this facility to host the kinds of exhibits our previous building would not allow."
The exhibit showcased over the past year has been works from a Florence, South Carolina native, William H. Johnson… providing a personal glimpse into the people and places of Florence. The exhibit can be viewed until this weekend.