SC State Museum celebrates 25 years with birthday bash

Published: Oct. 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - More than 4 million people have walked through the doors of the South Carolina State Museum over the past 25 years, and they're hoping hundreds more will join them for their 25th birthday celebration this Saturday.

The party will start at 9 a.m. and admission has been reduced to $2.50 in honor of the milestone.

The museum says the party will include games and prizes, a glimpse of the Windows to New Worlds construction, and visitors will also get to decorate their own birthday cupcake. Museum officials are also expected to announce the name of the iconic shark that was voted on by the public over the last month at 2 p.m.

The building where the museum is housed was once home to the Columbia Duck Mill, which opened in 1894. The idea of building the museum dates back to 1968 and a museum commission was established 5 years later.

The museum then began collecting items over the next 15 years and finally celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 29, 1988.

Museum officials say says 140,000 guests visit the museum annually, and approximately 68,000 students visit free of charge.

The museum is currently undergoing renovations for the Windows to New Worlds project. When complete, the museum will be the first place in the country to house a planetarium, 4D theater, and an observatory under one roof.

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