Florence County Museum

Florence County Museum


Nothing short of a fantastic, Smithsonian-quality museum.

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela

Formerly located in an adapted house, the new Florence County Museum presents art, science, and history in a blended narrative targeting its regional audience.The Museum has served as a catalyst for the economic revitalization of downtown Florence. The Museum, on the southern edge of the city’s historic commercial core, creates a physical connection between the new cultural landmarks along South Dargan Street and the historic commercial storefronts of Evans Street.

The U-shaped building surrounds a landscaped courtyard with two linear wings accessed by a dramatic double-height lobby. The wings house space for educational programs, state-of the art collections processing and storage, a dramatic public lobby, and more than three times the amount of gallery space than the Museum’s previous home. The large outdoor courtyard, landscaped with native plants, creates an outdoor gallery for learning, as well as a beautiful setting for special events.

Controlled natural light illuminates the second floor galleries through filtered clerestories and light scoops. A special exhibitions gallery with state-of-the-art climate control meets the conservation requirements to accommodate exhibit loans from the world’s leading institutions.



Florence County

Florence, South Carolina
Site Area
28,900 square feet
Completion Date
Construction Cost
$8.8 million
  • 2016 AIA South Carolina, Design Merit Award
  • Watson Tate Savory Executive Architect

  • Haley Sharpe Exhibit Design

  • Newcomb & Boyd MEP Engineering

  • 4SE Inc. Structural Engineering

  • Thomas & Hutton Civil Engineering

  • Aiken Cost Consultants Cost Estimating

  • Francis Dzikowski Photographer