State Museum Presents Museum Road Show: Winter Edition on Saturday, Jan. 17

Civil War theme to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia

Release No. 15000

Media Contact: Anna Kate Twitty, (803) 348-6010 (c), (803) 898-4948 (o),

COLUMBIA, S.C., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 – The Museum Road Show: Winter Edition, one of the South Carolina State Museum’s most popular events, is back from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 with a special Civil War theme to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia.

Twice a year, the State Museum brings experts together from across the Southeast to provide informal verbal appraisals to inquisitive museum guests. In addition to having a Civil War artifact expert on hand, there will be a variety of appraisers and experts at the event specializing in fine art, silver, pottery, furniture, books, jewelry, textiles, dolls and military artifacts ranging from the Revolutionary War to World War II.

“There are many families who have relics associated with the Civil War stored in their sheds, attics or basements,” said JoAnn Zeise, State Museum history curator. “With the anniversary of Sherman’s march through South Carolina, this is a great opportunity to pull those objects out of storage to learn their story, significance and value.”

The Museum Road Show is one of the museum’s signature events and has grown from an annual program to being offered twice a year because of its immense popularity. The event attracts visitors from all over South Carolina and neighboring states.

Tickets are $25 for the first item ($20 for museum members), $35 for two items ($28 members), $45 for three items ($36 members) and $50 for four items ($40 members). There is a limit of four items per person. The last tickets will be sold at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. Tickets include museum general admission and are non-refundable.

The Museum Road Show will take place at the State Museum, located at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call (803) 898-4999 or e-mail

About the South Carolina State Museum: As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Visit to learn more.