Upcoming Exhibits

Scarecrows in the Garden

Oct. 1 - Nov. 2 | Gardens of the Robert Mills House

Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House gardens! Presented by Palmetto Parent, the free Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week.

The deadline to enter our Scarecrows in the Garden contest is September 29. Join us for our workshop on September 20 for a scarecrow kit, guided instruction, and inspiration from scarecrows who visited our gardens in previous years.

Current Exhibits

Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler

Ongoing | 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

Ongoing | 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

Ongoing | 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.