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What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do July 24 - 27
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:07AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Looking for some fun things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend? You're in luck because there are plenty of events, exhibits, shows and more going on throughout the region all weekend long! See ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do July 17 - 20
Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer is in full swing here in Columbia, SC and that means the entire region is packed with exciting things to do and see this weekend! Read on to find inspiration for your weekend plans, but also ...
Craft and Draft on Devine Street Adds a Unique Experience to Columbia, SC's Growing Beer Scene
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:37AM by Guest Blogger
This post was supplied by local blogger Nick McCormac. McCormac operates the popular site Drink.Blog.Repeat., which you can also follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   There's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do July 10 – 13
Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:27AM by Mary Elkin
This weekend is packed with entertainment for whatever your mood! Check out these 8 fun things to do in Columbia, SC, but be sure to visit our calendar of events for even more happenings in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"
2014 South Carolina State Fair Concerts: A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n' Roll and More
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:37AM by Dayna Cantelmi
When the autumn air in Columbia, SC begins to smell like funnel cake and carnival lights can be seen from all directions, it can mean only one thing - the South Carolina State ...
Music Farm at the Roof, Columbia, SC's Newest Venue
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 7:42PM by Mary Elkin
Columbia, SC's newest venue, Music Farm at the Roof is opening its doors and setting the stage with shows slated to start this September. The highly anticipated, 1,200 capacity concert ...
Dinosaurs Take Over Columbia, SC: Three New Exhibits Feature Prehistoric Creatures
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:18AM by Renée Williamson
Columbia, SC has been invaded by dinosaurs! Discover the Dinosaurs is at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend (July 4-6), while two dinosaur exhibits are ...
What's Hot This 4th of July Weekend: 6 Things to Do July 3 - 6
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:24AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The 4th of July is this Friday and the long holiday weekend means there are a ton of fun things to do in Columbia, SC! Keep reading to find out about the patriotic happenings, a dinosaur ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do June 26 - 29
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 8:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The Columbia region is heating up in more ways than one this weekend with a number of events and activities to keep everyone entertained during the long, summer days ahead! Read on for six ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do June 20 - 22
Posted on June 19, 2014 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
With a number of events, shows, exhibits, sports and shopping going on, you're in for a bustling weekend in the Columbia region! Look below for 5 things to do, but be sure to also check out our ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do June 12 - 15
Posted on June 11, 2014 at 8:34AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get ready for another jam-packed weekend in Columbia, SC! With a slew of concerts, events, exhibits and more going on throughout the entire region, there's no shortage of things to do. Read on for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do June 5 - 8
Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:06AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Make the most of your weekend with all of the fun-filled events going on right here in Columbia, SC! Check out 5 things to do in "The New Southern Hot Spot" below, but also take a look at our ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do May 29 – June 1
Posted on May 28, 2014 at 1:44PM by Amanda Wynn
Use our list of five things to do to help you find the perfect ways to celebrate the weekend. Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events for even more happenings throughout the Columbia ...
What’s Hot This Memorial Day Weekend: 5 Things to Do May 22 – 26
Posted on May 22, 2014 at 8:15AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Jump headfirst into all that's going on in Columbia, SC this holiday weekend! From music and plays to outdoor adventures and special Memorial Day events, we’ve got everything you need to make this ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do May 15 – 18
Posted on May 14, 2014 at 8:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Another weekend, another chance to enjoy the many offerings of Columbia, SC! As always, there are plenty of activities going on throughout the region this weekend, so scroll on through for ideas ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Artistic Hot Spot
Posted on May 11, 2014 at 4:00AM by Mary Elkin
As National Travel & Tourism Week comes to a close today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Game Day Hot Spot
Posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Romantic Hot Spot
Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:30AM by Mary Elkin
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do May 8-11
Posted on May 8, 2014 at 7:28AM by Renée Williamson
Here's to the weekend! There are some famously hot events going on Thursday through Sunday in Columbia, SC, and we've got our top picks for fun in the Columbia region. Read through below, but be ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Military Hot Spot
Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Southern Hot Spot
Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Kid-Friendly Hot Spot
Posted on May 6, 2014 at 7:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Culinary Hot Spot
Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Adventure Hot Spot
Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:52PM by Mary Elkin
As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel ...
National Travel & Tourism Week 2014: The New Historic Hot Spot
Posted on May 2, 2014 at 7:35PM by Mary Elkin
We're kicking off National Travel and Tourism Week today (continuing through May 11) and encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do May 1 - 4
Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:02AM by Dayna Cantelmi
With a wide array of events, concerts and full-on festivals on the books this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and have some fun in the Columbia region! Read on for ...

South Carolina State Museum

  • 301 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-898-4921
  • Fax: 803-898-4969
  • Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 -5 pm; Open Mondays - Memorial Day through Labor Day; Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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The South Carolina State Museum is a comprehensive museum, with extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. In one stop it encompasses all that South Carolina was, is and can be. It is South Carolina's largest museum and one of the largest in the Southeast. School tours free for state schools if advance arrangements are made.

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.The Crescent Café has wonderful food and drinks but is currently closed due to construction. The café will reopen in 2014.
4. 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.
5. Contains gold Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to the South Carolinian who invented the laser (Dr. Charles H. Townes). (L.A.S.E.R. - Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
6. Beautiful wrought iron gate made by Philip Simmons, nationally known “dean” of Charleston blacksmiths
7. Reproduction of Fort Moultrie, site of the battle of Sullivan’s Island. Because the fort was made of palmetto trees, and repelled British cannonballs, palmettos became the state’s symbol and its nickname became the Palmetto State.
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. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum and the Cotton Mill Exchange are closed on Monday. Store profits support the museum's exhibits and educational programs.

Open Mondays May 31 to September 6 Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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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

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»

Grand Opening

August 16, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Join the South Carolina State Museum at the grand opening of their new planetarium, observatory and 4D theater. To kick off the day, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with model rockets ...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»

The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina

through August 17, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM
This new panel exhibit will examine the major role that South Carolina played in the Revolutionary War, where over 200 engagements (battles and skirmishes) took place, more than any other colony ...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 Life and Art 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»