The Sumter County Museum is so pleased to announce that we have received a Growth Grant from South Carolina Humanities, www.schumanities.org. Funding for the Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Current Rotating Exhibits

The Sumter County Museum (SCM) is proud to present its next rotating exhibit entitled, Glimpses into the Past: Postcards of Sumter. The exhibit will open July 8, 2021 in the Sumter County Museum’s Heritage Education Center, McKenzie Hall. The exhibit features an assortment of postcards highlighting scenes of Sumter’s past from the late 1800’s to today. These include images of Main Street, city landmarks, schools, churches and synagogues, and restaurants, hotels, and area businesses.

The exhibit will cover the history of postcards and their collection today. The museum has selected a variety of postcards to reprint and enlarge for better viewing, but will also feature actual postcards, some of which have been mailed to and/or from Sumter residents. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the remainder of the year, allowing staff to rotate the postcards on display during this time. The end of the exhibit includes a “Create Your Own Postcard of Sumter County” interactive station. Visitors are asked to design a postcard highlighting a significant or memorable landmark or feature of the county. The museum will post some of these for display. Glimpses into the Past: Postcards of Sumter will also include an interactive online component making these postcard images accessible to all. Anyone interested can visit www.sumterpostcards.com to view some of the museum’s collection of postcards.

To accompany the postcard theme, SCM invites guests to enjoy the recently unveiled mural on the side wall of its Heritage Education Center. SCM worked with the Sumter County Cultural Center as part of their Creative Canvas project to commission artist @Christoph Johnson to develop and paint a mural for the museum. The mural is designed to mimic an old postcard with the words “Greetings from Sumter County Museum” featuring components of museum buildings and exhibit subjects. Visitors can pick up a brochure to learn more about the mural and the images displayed on it.

SCM is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Free admission is available to all guests this summer through Labor Day. Regular admission will resume on Thursday, September 9th at a rate of $5 adults, $2 for students (6-17) and seniors (65+), and free for children five and under. Combo tickets allowing admission to all museum sites including the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center will be available at a discounted rate of $8 for adults and $3 for students (6-17) and seniors (65+).

Temple Sinai Reform Jewish Congregation

If you would like to attend services or learn more about the Temple Sinai Reform Jewish Congregation please visit their website by clicking the button.

Upcoming Events

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Thank you to everyone who came out for the wonderful Kugels and Collards talk with co-founders Rachel Barnett and Lyssa Harvey at Temple Sinai Jewish History Center.

Members, please check your next email for a link to the private video of the Kugels & Collards Talk we recorded for those unable to attend.

Ongoing Projects and News

The Sumter Creative Canvas Project

“Sumter is brimming with public art, and work is moving quickly on the Sumter mural at the Sumter County Museum! Sumter County Cultural Center was awarded a grant to complete multiple custom murals throughout Sumter, so keep your eyes open for more to come. You can also stay up to date on paintsumter.com (coming soon!) with updates on the different murals being created around town.”  – VisitSumter.com

Christopher W. Johnson is making a name for himself as a muralist, painting his way across the Southeast. Johnson can now add our beautiful new mural at the Museum to his impressive and ever-growing list. Johnson is a Professor of Art at Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA. He holds a Master of Fine Art, Printmaking (minor in Drawing) • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2008 and a Bachelor of Fine Art, Printmaking (cum laude; minor in Ceramics) • Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Johnson is also a printmaker, painter, and graphic designer.
Visit his website to view more of his work www.chrisjmfa.com.

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The Friends of the Sumter County Museum are an invaluable part of our institution.

Their support provides funding for educational programming and new exhibits. It also allows the museum to continue to preserve the history of the Sumter area and to share that history with our community. Read on to learn more about our member benefits.

All Members Receive:

  • Invitations to Special Events, Exhibit Opening Receptions, and Exclusive Member Events
  • Free Admission to the Sumter County Museum Complex including the new
    Temple Sinai Jewish History Center
  • Subscription to Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Annual Meeting Invitation and Vote- Hors d’oeuvres Reception
  • Discount on Classes and Educational Programs (including summer camp for children)
  • Early Bird Discounted Rate ($10 off) of Annual Oyster Roast and Shrimp Feast Tickets
  • Recognition in Annual Museletter
  • Tax Deductible

The museum offers the following levels of support:

Individual$30
Free Admission for One Adult
10% Discount in Gift Shop

Family: $50
Individual Benefits
Free Admission for Two Adults and Children under 18
2 Guest Passes
7th Grade Children can Participate in Junior Cotillion Program at Reduced Rate

Patriot$100
Family Benefits
4 Guest Passes
15% Discount in Gift Shop
Southeastern Reciprocal Museums Membership- Free Admission to more than 100 southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums across North America. See the Complete List of Participating Museums

Williams-Brice Benefactor: $250
Patriot Benefits
10 Guest Passes
10% Discount on one Rental of Facilities
20% Discount in Gift Shop
1 Shrimp Feast Ticket
Southeastern Reciprocal Museums Membership – Free Admission to more than 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program – Free Admission to 700 museums across North America See Complete List of Participating Museums

Gamecock Sponsor: $500
Williams-Brice Benefactor Benefits
20 Guest Passes
20% Discount on one Rental of Facilities
20% Discount in Gift Shop
2 Shrimp Feast Tickets
Special Membership Card that Allows Free Admission to Over 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums nationwide across North America  See Complete List of Participating Museums 

Heritage Sponsor: $1000
Gamecock Sponsor Benefits
30 Guest Passes
30% Discount in Gift Shop
30% Discount on one Rental of Facilities
3 Shrimp Feast Tickets
2 Oyster Roast Tickets
Special Membership Card that Allows Free Admission to Over 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums across North America See Complete List of Participating Museums

Society: $2500

Heritage Sponsor Benefits
40 Guest Passes
One Free Use of Facilities
30% Discount in Gift Shop
4 Shrimp Feast Tickets
4 Oyster Roast Tickets
Southeastern Reciprocal Museums Membership- Free Admission to more than 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums across North America  See Complete List of Participating Museums

Levels of Membership

…or Donate any amount.

Sumter County Museum Staff

Annie Rivers, Executive Director arivers@sumtercountymuseum.org

Amanda Cox, Education and Visitor Services Manager acox@sumtercountymuseum.org

Charles Broadwell, Curator of Collections cbroadwell@sumtercountymuseum.org

Diana Roof, Temple Sinai Jewish History Center Site Manager dianasue@sc.rr.com

Deborah Watts, Carolina Backcountry Manager information@sumtercountymuseum.org

Josh Brown, Grounds Keeping information@sumtercountymuseum.org

 

 

Visiting the Museum

If you have a group of 10 or more you must call ahead or email us to schedule a tour. Please be sure to know the number in your group and if there are any special considerations we should be aware of. To view the entirety of the Sumter County Museum, including the new Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, generally takes 2 to 3 hours.

Admission is $5 adults, $2 for students (6-17) and seniors (65+), and free for children five and under.

Combo tickets allowing admission to all museum sites including the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center will be available at a discounted rate of $8 for adults and $3 for students (6-17) and seniors (65+), free for children five and under.

Please notice our facilities at 122 N. Washington St. have different hours of operation from Temple Sinai Jewish History Center.

Connect with us

Williams Brice House
122 N. Washington St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Hours
Thursdays 10am to 5pm
Fridays 10am to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 5pm

Temple Sinai Jewish History Center
11 Church St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Hours
Thursdays 1pm to 4pm
Fridays 1pm to 4pm
Saturdays 10am to1pm