CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Leaders at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry were sad to report an act of vandalism which destroyed a long-time family favorite outside in the backyard.
Museum officials say Raceway exhibits, which captures the rules of physics using ball play, were damaged over the weekend and will be closed indefinitely.
The vandalism reportedly happened early Saturday morning between 2:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
Leaders say they have security video which shows three male suspects climbing a fence and causing damage to the exhibit. A report was filed with the Charleston Police Department.
According to the museum’s executive director, Nichole Myles, The Raceways exhibit is part of few interactives that are able to withstand the exposed Lowcountry environment. It was originally installed inside the museum – more than 10 years ago – and has been a longtime favorite.
The exhibit was built from plans once available from the Boston Children’s Museum. It was later moved outside to optimize that space and allow the museum to make a changing gallery inside.
“Museum exhibits truly executed with the kind of quality it takes to withstand a decade-plus worth of hands-on use are very, very expensive,” said Myles. “It will take several thousand dollars to replace them. Right now, we’re looking at whether we try and purchase the plans again and build ourselves or whether we try and order a pre-made version that is portable.”
The portable version, she said, is offered from the Ontario Science Center for $16,000.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Charleston Police or to contact staff at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry at firstname.lastname@example.org.