Exhibits

Exhibits

Temporary Exhibits

Historic Holiday House Tours

Nov. 22 - Jan. 4 | Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Mann-Simons Site

Explore the history of holidays past in the decorated Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site this winter. Hear stories of how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and view a variety of decorations that show how Christmas celebrations have evolved over time into the traditions we know today.

Shown as part of the regularly-scheduled tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site. For other holiday events, visit our calendar of events.

Upcoming Exhibits

Impressions of Chimneyville: Columbia's Civil War Destruction

Jan. 9 - March 31 | The Gallery at City Hall, 1737 Main Street.

In February 1865, one-third of South Carolina’s capital city lay in ruin, the product of a series of fires that accompanied its brief occupation by Union soldiers. Some citizens came to identify their hometown by the remnants of buildings that dotted its skyline. Columbia’s physical transformation during the course of one night would influence the city’s growth for generations, and it is shown through historical images and descriptions in this exhibit.

Part of Columbia Commemorates: The 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia.

Permanent Exhibits

Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler

Robert Mills House

Showcasing rarely displayed pieces from Historic Columbia’s museum collection, this thematically-driven show will investigate makers, sellers and consumers of silver in Columbia and Richland County during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Come explore the forms and function of various pieces and learn the stories behind the manufacture, collection and use of coin and sterling, domestic and imported wares.

Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Made possible through a Humanities CouncilSC grant and private donations, this interpretive addition to the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House will combine historic artifacts, images, text and video, while offering unprecedented coverage of the activist, her life, work and the lasting impact on the entire state of South Carolina. Private tours of this exhibit must be scheduled in advance.

From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia

Robert Mills House

Drawing from its growing collection of locally made and imported ceramics, Historic Columbia explores the various dining, cooking and storage wares common in 19th-century Columbia, South Carolina. Highlights will include examples from the Landrum-Stork pottery, formerly located in what is today Forest Acres, and a variety of imported English ceramics, examples of which will be showcased in a new focus gallery and throughout the Robert Mills House.

From Landrum to Leeds is presented by Wooten & Wooten, Auctions of Fine Art, Antiques & Great Estates.