The mission of the Florence County Museum is to provide a dynamic sanctuary for the preservation, interpretation and exhibition of objects of scientific, historic, and artistic significance that are unique or of special interest to the people of Florence County and the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.
The vision of the Florence County Museum is to stimulate imaginations and create experiences that transform lives by broadening people’s perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the world.
In September of 2008, Florence County Council established the Florence County Museum Board. This board was established in response to a 3:1 match of funding made available through the State of South Carolina. The Florence County Museum Board is made up of 13 members, nine of which are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of County Council (one member from each County District), two appointed by the Florence Museum Board of Trustees, and two appointed by the Community Museum Society of Lake City, SC.
Thanks to the generosity of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and Florence County, allocated funding was secured for the purpose of constructing a Florence County Museum facility.
In 2009, pursuant to both the missions of the Florence Museum Board of Trustees and the Florence County Museum, Florence County contracted with Watson Tate Savory along with associate design architect, Cooper Robertson and Partners to design a building for the corner of Cheves and Dargan Streets. The Florence County Museum facility is designed to address the past, present, and future of Florence County; its unique relationships with the Pee Dee region, the state of South Carolina, and the world.
The Florence County Museum, in collaboration with the Florence Museum Board of Trustees, opened to the public on October 12, 2014 at 111 West Cheves Street.
The Florence County Museum is governed by a board who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of Florence County Council. The Florence County Museum Board is made up of 13 members, nine of which are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of County Council (one member from each County District), two appointed by the Florence Museum Board of Trustees, and two appointed by the Community Museum of Lake City, SC.
The Director, who is accountable to the Florence County Administrator, manages day-to-day operations of the Florence County Museum. The staff of the Florence County Museum is hired by and is accountable to the Director.
The Director ensures day to day operations are pursuant of the mission and vision of the Florence County Museum. Additionally, the Director manages all other FCM personnel. The Curatorial Department at FCM is responsible for the program and care of exhibitions and collection displays owned by Florence County Museum, Florence Museum, and other accredited loaning institutions. The Administrative Department at the FCM aids the Director and Curatorial Department by overseeing logistics, communications & visitor interaction as each facet pertains to daily operations.