Historic Columbia maintains a permanent collection of more than 6,500 historic artifacts. This collection spans the 18th, 19th and early-20th centuries and forms the basis of interpretation at our historic house museums through period room settings and exhibits located in traditional museum galleries. Objects include a growing collection of locally made or used textiles, decorative arts, fine art, tools, and historic images.
Collections and Exhibits
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We actively collect artifacts that allow us to tell better stories. If you are interested in donating artifacts from your personal collection that may fit the collecting scope of the organization, share your story with us. You can upload an image and contact our cultural resources department directly here.
Mary Chestnut Dress
This May, Historic Columbia will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and will unveil much-anticipated improvements to the site, including a reproduction of a dress worn by Mary Boykin Chesnut. Textile historians Kathy Staples and Mackenzie Scholtz joined forces to examine the dress for clues to its history. Click the button below to learn more about the process!