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What's Hot This Weekend: Blaktastik, Blowfish Baseball July 24 - 26
Posted on July 23, 2015 at 12:40PM by Dayna Cantelmi
There's much to do both indoors and out this weekend! Read our roundup of weekend activities below for inspiration on how to either beat the heat or soak up the sun. Be sure to also check out ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Tasty Tomato Festival, Repticon July 17 - 19
Posted on July 16, 2015 at 8:47AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Fun in the sun, live music and tomato bobbing await the whole family this weekend at the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival. Read on for our roundup below or take a look at our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Mac Madness, Discover the Dinosaurs July 10 - 12
Posted on July 7, 2015 at 9:36AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The summer months are all about enjoying great food and famously hot weather. Read our roundup below or check out our calendar of events to find out how to do both and so much more this ...
What's Hot This 4th of July Weekend: Slide the City, Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration July 3 - 5
Posted on July 1, 2015 at 12:27PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Bask in sunshine and freedom this holiday weekend as you celebrate summer and America's independence! A number of famously hot 4th of July festivities and outdoor activities can be found on ...
Five reasons to visit the Andy Warhol exhibit at Columbia Museum of Art
Posted on June 16, 2015 at 2:18PM by Renée Williamson
If you love art, you're going to be in heaven with Columbia Museum of Art's new exhibit, From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces. Featuring 55 screen prints of Warhol's famous ...
What's Hot This Memorial Day Weekend: Adventures of Mr. Potato Head, Rhythm on the River May 22 - 25
Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:15AM by Alli Finkelston
Break out your swim trunks and sunscreen because this long weekend will be famously hot! From free music to family activities, browse all holiday happenings in our calendar of events or ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC Book Festival, Forest Acres Festival, Disco Dash 5K May 15 - 17
Posted on May 13, 2015 at 7:44AM by Alli Finkelston
Columbia, SC is the place to be for family fun, this weekend! Brace your seats as cowboys rope wild steers, get lost in the world of a book, or jam to local tunes under the Carolina sun. For more ...

South Carolina State Museum

  • 301 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-898-4921
  • Fax: 803-898-4969
  • Hours: Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 10am - 8pm, Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
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The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

Top 10 reasons to Visit South Carolina State Museum
1. Largest museum in the southeast (210,000 gross square feet and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space)
2. Four museums in one – art, history, natural history science and technology
3. Features one of the largest digital dome planetariums in the Southeast.
4. Watch films that come to life in the museum's 4D Theater, featuring air blasts, leg ticklers, vibrating seats and more.
5. State-of-the-art Observatory is home to the historic 1926 Alavan Clark telescope.
6.Cotton Mill Exchange – one of the largest and finest museum stores in the country with unique South Carolina gifts, food, and clothing items and more.
7. The Crescent Café has wonderful food and drinks. It will reopen in the Fall of 2014.
8. Life-size reproduction of the Confederate submarine, Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle.
9. See the Clemson 372, probably the first college student-built airplane in the United States.
10. Fall Heritage Festival in October features artists, craftspeople making, selling and demonstrating unique four types of the state’s delicious barbecue.

Shop at The Cotton Mill Exchange
The Cotton Mill Exchange is the largest museum store in the Southeast. We invite you to explore a sampling of our vast selection of merchandise reflecting the culture and heritage of South Carolina. The store is a vital part of the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Located in a building that housed the world's first all-electric textile mill, the museum tells South Carolina's story with exhibits and programs in art, natural history, cultural history, science and technology. The Cotton Mill Exchange, like the museum, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Store profits support the museum's exhibits and educational programs.

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The Cotton Mill Exchange Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Total Sqft.: 214,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 236
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 1,000
  • Distance to Airport: 9

Bugs! Giant Robotic Creatures

through September 7, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Explore some of the world’s most common insects like never before as they are shown 40 to 120 times their size in this NEW blockbuster exhibit! Using animatronics and interactive ...More»

Carolina Makers

through February 7, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended 5 – 8 p.m. hours on Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
The South Carolina State Museum will open its next major exhibition, Carolina Makers, on Saturday, April 18. The exhibition, presented by Time Warner Cable, celebrates local makers from South ...More»

Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville

through August 23, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended 5 – 8 p.m. hours on Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville highlights the rich history of the freedman’s town of Mitchelville, S.C. The exhibit tells the story of nearby enslaved people who ...More»

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

through August 21, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America's greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a ...More»

The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look into Her World

ongoing
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Online access 24/7
The South Carolina State Museum will present a virtual exhibition, The Life and Art of Addie Sims: A Look into Her World, which will showcase the artwork by Addie Sims, a female artist who produced ...More»