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Learn About The Great Charleston Earthquake Beginning October 8 at the SC State Museum

This new exhibit tells the story of the second biggest earthquake in U.S. history, which occurred in Charleston, on Aug. 31, 1886. More than 100 people were killed, almost every building in Charleston was damaged, and the effects of the quake were felt as far away as Maine, Iowa and Louisiana. The exhibit is co-produced with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and features photographs of the destruction as well as period artifacts.

Housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, our "biggest artifact," the South Carolina State Museum tells the history of South Carolina through our many traveling museum exhibits, permanent collections and educational programs. Come and enjoy South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science and technology. Many of the museumís displays are interconnected. You will find there is history in our art, artistic beauty in our natural history and science, and history behind our technology. All disciplines are also represented by objects in the hands-on Stringer Discovery Center. Although no museum can display its entire collection, we offer a varied sampling of the wonders found both within our state and around the world.

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