CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Historical Society Museum officially opened its doors Saturday. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday morning, as the the historic fireproof building downtown officially opened as the new South Carolina Historical Society Museum. 

South Carolina Historical Society opened a new museum. 

Officials say it’s the first of its kind in the state. It showcases more than 350 years of statewide history through rarely seen artifacts, personal collections and interactive exhibits. 

The director of the museum says the museum is about bringing history to life. 

“The South Carolina Historical Society has used the building for research for years but they’ve worked together over the past couple of years to make their collections more accessible to the public,” Heather Reed said. “This way people can come in and look at the artifacts and dive deeper into their history.”

The fireproof building is located at 100 meeting street and is a national historic landmark. The building just completed a $6.8 million renovation for the museum.