Last fall, the Charleston Museum began renovations on its Natural History Gallery, with the new space set to be unveiled in Sept. 2017. The renovations are currently in the design stage, with direction from local artist Becca Barnet
, whose background in taxidermy and natural history preservation were a perfect fit for the project.
The renovations are part of the museum's strategic plan, which seeks to present a visually compelling display of indigenous fossils that tell the story of Lowcountry history. Guests can look forward to really old bones like those of the Pelagornis sandersi
, the largest ever known bird capable of flight, along with the skeleton of an 18-foot crocodile who lived in the Lowcountry 30 million years ago.
The museum has started a blog updating people on the gallery's progress, with informational posts from Natural History Curator Matt Gibson. (Did you know that during the Cretaceous Period, the Lowcountry would have been completely submerged by the ocean?) Check it out here.
To get the first look at the museum's renovations, head to Elemental, a fundraising gala
for the project, that will be held on Fri. April 29 at the museum from 6-10 p.m. There you can watch a video with some of the people behind the renovations discussing the upcoming gallery changes.