Visitors heading to Charleston in the coming weeks or months will find plenty of military history within reach, from pre-Revolutionary War sites to a decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier.
But those heading to the South Carolina city in the years ahead may have one more stop to make: The planned National Medal of Honor Museum, which is in the early stages of a nine-figure fundraising effort.
A museum honoring the medal's recipients already exists aboard the Yorktown, the flattop-turned-museum at Patriots Point. But the new museum's plans call for more than 107,000 square feet of space, including multiple exhibit halls, a "Hall of Valor" honoring the medal's recipients, a cathedral and a "grass-topped land pavilion" that will serve as the museum's entrance.
The 2015 unveiling of these plans came with a $98 million expected price tag. Updated details on the museum's website peg that figure at $110 million. CEO Mark Updegrove wouldn't put a number on the donations already received nor any concrete timetable for breaking ground, but said the state has pledged $5 million toward the museum.