Naval & Maritime Museum opens exhibition of fragile artefacts | Local news


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Scuba diving helmets are among the artifacts on display at Patriots Point’s new Fragile Collections exhibit on December 15 in Mount Pleasant. The new exhibit, which opened to the public on December 17, features a selection of rare and fragile artefacts primarily related to World War II that were not on display at the museum or were only on display for a very limited time.


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By EMILY WILLIAMS, Post and courier

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (AP) – Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum has no shortage of historical artifacts.

But, until now, the maritime museum had no place of residence for its more rare and fragile objects which require storage in a carefully air-conditioned environment.

For a museum based on a historic aircraft carrier, the options are limited for such a space, but, in the museum’s new Fragile Collections exhibit, located in a room next to the Yorktown Hangar Deck aircraft carrier, these artifacts now have a House.

The new exhibit, which opened to the public on December 17, features a selection of rare and fragile artefacts primarily related to World War II that were not on display at the museum or were only on display for a very limited time.

Having an air-conditioned exhibition space on the aircraft carrier means better access for visitors to exhibits from the Patriots Point archives, said executive director Rorie Cartier, who took over the helm of the museum last summer, in an announcement. of the exhibition.

“It’s our job as a museum to connect people to history, and this exhibit will help better understand American experiences in times of conflict,” he said.

This exhibition space is designed to be long term, with artifacts coming in and going out periodically. The pieces on display now are just a part of what the museum can put in this space.

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