The director of South Carolina's military museum says displaying the Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds will cost less than the $5.3 million price tag presented last week.

William Roberson said Tuesday the figures given by an architectural firm were preliminary and will be "modified." Roberson said much of the cost outlined at last Thursday's commission meeting covers renovations. He expects to have more precise numbers later this month to present to the Legislature.

Legislators asked Roberson to submit a proposal by Jan. 1 for displaying the flag they voted to send to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

The vote came after nine parishioners of a historic black church in Charleston were gunned down in June.

The 119-year-old museum gets an average of 22,000 visitors yearly.