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COLUMBIA — During the month of October, the South Carolina State Museum is marking its 25th anniversary by celebrating its rich history, naming its iconic three-ton model shark and hosting a 25th birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The State Museum is celebrating this important milestone by naming one of its most iconic objects, the three-ton life-sized replica megalodon shark that is 43-feet long and hangs from the ceiling on the second floor of the museum. The museum is partnering with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) to select shark names for the public to cast their vote. SCSDB students will select their top 10 favorite names and then museum volunteers and staff will narrow down those names to the final five to be presented to the general public.The public can start voting on Oct. 8, 2013.

The shark’s new name will be announced at the museum’s 25th birthday party, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the museum. The entire day celebration will be packed full of fun activities, games, prizes, live entertainment and the opportunity for guests to decorate their own birthday cupcake. There will also be a Halloween costume parade and annual Tricks & Treats activities. Dress like an Egyptian or in Egyptian theme to be entered to win a “King Tut” prize pack.

The museum will extend its operating hours on Oct. 26 by opening at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. Admission to the party is included with museum general admission or membership and guests will be able to enjoy special birthday pricing that day. In addition, guests will receive 25% off of their purchase at the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store. Grab your family and friends and help celebrate South Carolina’s history and future at the State Museum.

“A quarter-century is a big hallmark to reach,” said Willie Calloway, executive director, South Carolina State Museum. “We’ve loved bringing to the people of our state and tourists from out-of-state, the great story of South Carolina. We look forward to celebrating this important milestone.”

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