COLUMBIA – The Museum Roadshow, one of the State Museum’s signature events, will be back from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. 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 Orangeburg 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 at 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 Jan. 27. Museum staff will host discussions about caring for personal archival material and a presentation on weaponry from the 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,” programs manager Celeste Wszola said. “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 scmuseum.org, 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 St. in Columbia. For more information, visit scmuseum.org, call 803-898-4999 or email publicprograms@scmuseum.org for details.

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