Windows to New Worlds
The Windows to New Worlds renovation project will position the South Carolina State Museum on the cutting edge of education, particularly in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Its innovative combination of facilities and services will create a complex unique, not only to South Carolina, but to the nation.
The expanded and renovated State Museum will be the first of its kind in the U.S. to have under one roof an on-site and online observatory and classroom, a 55-foot digital planetarium dome and theater, a 4-D multi-sensory theater, plus an outdoor viewing terrace.
A world-class vintage telescope and astronomical instruments collection has been donated to the museum directly as a result of this project. Teachers across the state will be able to remotely access the telescope from their classrooms offering enhanced distance learning capabilities.
Centrally located for maximum accessibility to the state’s population and its visitors, this facility will annually attract between 210,000 and 260,000 participants of all ages, from kindergarten pupils to parents and grandparents.
A non-recurring investment of $21 million will erect and equip these facilities, which then will be supported by earned revenues and continued private donations.
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Click below to watch a short video about the expansion