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What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things To Do December 11-14
Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:20PM by Alli Finkelston
Attention: Christmas is less than two weeks away! It's officially crunch time for gift shopping, cookie eating and making memories. Let us help you check off your holiday bucket list with these ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do December 4-7
Posted on December 4, 2014 at 8:33AM by Alli Finkelston
Start hanging up your wreaths of holly, blasting festive tunes and stringing your best twinkle lights because the holiday season is officially in full swing. Collect brownie points with Santa at ...
What's Hot This Thanksgiving 2014
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:44PM by Alli Finkelston
The yummiest holiday of the year is finally here! Count your blessings over a heaping platter of delicious roasted turkey, creamy mashed taters and all of the fixin's. Once you wake from your food ...
Top Holiday Events in Columbia, SC for 2014
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:15PM by Alli Finkelston
The most wonderful time of the year is here! Start hanging your stockings by the chimney with care because Kris Kringle is coming to Columbia, SC. Stock up on candy canes and check out these ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do November 20 - 23
Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Here in Columbia, SC, we love a chance to celebrate. This weekend is bursting with opportunities to cheer on athletes, spread holiday joy and commend local artists. Catch the supportive spirit with ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do November 13-16
Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:30PM by Alli Finkelston
Get a head start on holiday shopping, cheer on fierce competition and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Norway's Independence -- all in Columbia, SC this weekend. Browse our 5 things to ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do November 6-9
Posted on November 5, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Once upon a time in Columbia, SC... This weekend, the capital city is alive with magical events and spectacular shows. Enjoy these 6 fantastical things to do listed below and browse ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do October 30 - November 2
Posted on October 29, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
 You're the one that I want, Columbia, SC! The capital city has what you're searching for to have a legendary Hallo-weekend. Check out our 7 suggestions of things to do listed below ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do October 23-26
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Do you enjoy bluegrass music or Korean culture? Comedy shows or tragic Shakespearean plays? Figure out which side of the spectrum you'll choose in our list of 7 opposite things to do listed ...
The BOO! Southern Hot Spot
Posted on October 20, 2014 at 2:30PM by Alli Finkelston
Beware, ghastly ghouls are lurking around every corner of Columbia, SC this October. Enjoy the crisp weather while sipping apple cider and carving the perfect Jack O' Lantern. The BOO! ...
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at Columbia Museum of Art
Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:48AM by Dayna Cantelmi
   Norman Rockwell, "The Kid with the Camera Eye," was a famous illustrator revered for his incredible ability to idealistically capture everyday moments. From iconic Americana ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do October 16-19
Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Ready to sail off to a new adventure? In the spirit of Columbus Day, set your sights on discovering Columbia, SC! Scour our 8 categories of things to do listed below and don't forget to ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do October 8-12
Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
This weekend, Columbia, SC is spilling over with great events! The opening of the South Carolina State Fair is the main attraction supported by side stage events such as main-stage performances, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do October 2-5
Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
October has arrived! Even though the weather is still famously hot, it's time for spooky attractions and all things pumpkin flavored. Browse our 7 autumn-themed things to do listed below ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do September 25-28
Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether you're visiting the Columbia area for USC Parent's Weekend, ESPN College GameDay or one of our top-rated famously hot attractions, this weekend is full of events that cater to ...

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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  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Total Sqft.: 214,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 236
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 1,000
  • Distance to Airport: 9

Building a Universe

through March 15, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday 10 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday 10 AM - 8 PM, Wednesday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM, Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM
Building a Universe features creations by artists whose work deals with space and the universe, either directly or conceptually, according to Chief Curator of Art Paul Matheny. The exhibition ...More»

Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864

through January 18, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5
The South Carolina State Museum presents a new changing exhibit, Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864, which tells the story of the Civil War in Charleston from 1863-1864 through eyes of artist ...More»

Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time

through January 2, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Mon.-Sat.10-5, Sun. 1-5
Journey back in time when monsters walked the earth, swam in the seas and soared through the skies in Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time at the South Carolina State Museum. After being extinct for more ...More»

South Carolina Unearthed

through February 1, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5
South Carolina Unearthed, the South Carolina State Museum’s new temporary natural history exhibit, showcases a variety of specimens from the museum’s extensive and nationally-known ...More»

Star of Bethlehem

through January 4, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Times vary. Visit website
This full dome planetarium experience travels back in time to Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” The show presents historical and scientific facts to ...More»

Tasting Twosday

December 2-30, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
Every Tuesday in December from 5 – 8 p.m., the museum will host Tasting Twosdays, an opportunity for guests to enjoy free South Carolina-made food samplings and tastings of Ginger Wine Ninja ...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»

The Civil War in South Carolina: Reconstruction: Hope for Some, Retrenchment for Others

April 1, 2015-January 1, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
The sixth installment of the Museum's series of exhibits focusing on the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. More»

The Civil War in South Carolina: The War Enters the State’s Interior: Sherman’s March and the End

through April 1, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
The fifth installment of the Museum's series of exhibits focusing on the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. More»

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4D Experience

through January 4, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Showtimes vary. Check website
You’re invited on an extraordinary 4D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a ...More»

Winter Fest

December 20, 2014-January 3, 2015
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Visit scmuseum.org for a list of daily times.
The museum is celebrating the holiday season with two-weeks of exciting activities and programs. Different activities will take place each day during WinterFest, so please visit scmuseum.org for ...More»