Children of the Pee Dee, rejoice! EdVenture announced on Tuesday that they’ll open a satellite location in Hartsville in 2018.
The news comes after a previous location merged with the Children’s Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach in March – and plans to open a new location there in 2019.
The new Hartsville location will cater to children under the age of 8 with exhibits and programs
that promote literacy, art, math, and science. The location will be on Caroline Street in the heart of Hartsville.
“A Hartsville satellite fits perfectly with our expansion plans,” said Karen Coltrane, EdVenture president and
CEO. “We are inspired by the warm welcome in Hartsville and look forward to serving children and families
throughout the area with a community-based museum they can make a regular part of their lives.”
EdVenture’s popular Columbia location is the largest children’s museum in the Southeast. Last year, the facility was
visited by more than 200,000 and the after school programs in area schools served more than 500 Midlands
This summer in Columbia, EdVenture installed its newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT, funded by NASA and the
City of Columbia and featuring a Boeing 757 cockpit protruding from the side of the building, installed by Hood
The Hartsville satellite concept received a big boost from The Byerly Foundation with a leadership grant that
will be acknowledged with presenting sponsorship of the facility.
“This project fits all three of our priorities
which include enhancing education, community development, and quality of life,” explained Dr. Jerome Reyes,
The Foundation’s chairman. “We are excited to help bring this facility to our community.”
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