The Museum Roadshow, one of the State Museum’s signature events, is back January 27, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Guests will get special tours of museum storage areas and be the first to see the museum’s new exhibit, Requiem for Mother Emanuel, by SC artist, Dr. Leo Twiggs.

Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the stories and value of their heirlooms and artifacts from experts in a variety of fields who will be onsite offering informal, verbal appraisals. Experts will be available in the areas of fine art, silver, pottery, furniture, books, jewelry, textiles and dolls, as well as military artifacts.

New this year, guests will get behind the scenes tours of the museum storage areas and get an up close look artifacts not on exhibit as well as items the State Museum acquired from guests after previous Museum Roadshows. Guests will also be able to experience the new exhibition, Requiem for Mother Emanuel by South Carolina Artist, Dr. Leo Twiggs also opening January 27. Museum staff will host discussions about caring for your personal archival material and a presentation on weaponry from early to mid-20th century.

“Throughout the year we get many calls from the public about items found at flea markets, garage sales or that were passed down through generations,” said programs manager Celeste Wszola. “This event is a great opportunity for people to learn more about those items, including their stories, significance and value.”

Tickets are $25 for the first item ($20 for museum members), $35 for two items ($28 members), $40 for three items ($32 members) and $45 for four items ($36 members). There is a limit of four items per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, in person at the museum or by calling 803-898-4952.

The Museum Road Show will take place at the State Museum, located at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia. For more information, visit, call 803-898-4999 or e-mail [email protected] for details.