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What's Hot This Weekend: Main Street Ice, SC vs. Clemson, Holiday Lights on the River Nov. 27 - 29
Posted on November 24, 2015 at 1:23PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be thankful for time spent with family and friends this weekend whether it's at the South Carolina vs. Clemson game, one of our world-class museums or supporting local shops for Small Business ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Oyster Festival, Lights Before Christmas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Posted on November 19, 2015 at 1:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From eating your fill of fresh oysters and brisket to cheering on the Gamecocks and beginning to deck the halls with boughs of holly, there's a wide array of fun events happening this weekend. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, SC Gamecocks Football, Rocking 4 Relief Nov. 13 - 15
Posted on November 13, 2015 at 8:19AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There's a noticeable fall crisp in the air and we have plenty of famously hot events, exhibits and things to do going on this weekend. Read through our roundup below, then refer to ...
2015 Guide to Columbia, SC's Holiday Events: Santa, Holiday Lights, Performances, Parties and More
Posted on November 10, 2015 at 3:49PM by Renée Williamson
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we've got a must-do list of Christmas and holiday events in Columbia, SC to get you in the yuletide spirit! Whether catching a show, seeing ...
All You Need to Know to Kick Off the New Year in Columbia, SC
Posted on November 10, 2015 at 1:05PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From finding the perfect hotel and picking the right New Year's Eve celebration to spending the rest of the weekend exploring the region's restaurants and attractions, we have everything you need ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Repticon, “Columbia Winter JazzFest,” Storybook Ball Nov. 6 – 8
Posted on November 6, 2015 at 7:20AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get swept up in the fun as exotic animals, comedians and fairy tale creatures take over this weekend. Read our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Halloweekend: Tricks and Treats, SwampFest, Soda City Oktoberfest Oct. 30 - Nov. 1
Posted on October 29, 2015 at 5:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From Halloween festivities to SwampFest, OktoberFest and the Korean Festival, this weekend is packed with exciting events. Check out our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of eventsfor ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Palmetto Peanut Boil, SC Pride Festival, JerryFest Oct. 23 - 25
Posted on October 21, 2015 at 11:35AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether spending time with friends and family at a local festival, shopping for goods at Soda City market, checking out a concert or enjoying the sights and frights of Halloween, there's something ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Boo at the Zoo, Georgia O'Keeffe, SC State Fair Oct. 16 - 18
Posted on October 15, 2015 at 6:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It's true when they say you can't keep a good town down! This weekend is packed with events, exhibits, festivals and more as the community bands together to rebuild and work toward normalcy ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Blonde Redhead, Soda City Comic Con Oct. 2 - 4
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 11:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and Halloween frights to exhibits and on-stage delights, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue reading for our roundup below, then go through our calendar of ...
What To Do in Columbia, MO This Game Day Weekend
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 9:18AM by Guest Blogger
      We're so excited to have some fellow ‘Columbians' visiting this weekend! You may be coming for the game but we hope you'll take some extra time to explore our town and get ...
Top Concerts in Columbia, SC through December
Posted on September 29, 2015 at 6:16AM by Kelsey Carmichael
The fall and winter in Columbia, SC are hot with concerts! From major headliners to regional or tribute bands, this lineup is sure to get your feet dancing and your heads rocking. Ready to catch a ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Julius Caesar, SC Gamecocks Football, Irmo Okra Strut Sept. 25 – 27
Posted on September 25, 2015 at 6:13AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather may be getting cooler, but there's still a bunch of famously hot things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Fall Festival, Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, Oktoberfest Sept. 18 - 20
Posted on September 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia is full to bursting with festivals, concerts, plays, new exhibits and more this weekend. Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and jump right in to all that's happening around the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC Gamecocks Football, From Marilyn to Mao Sept. 11 - 13
Posted on September 11, 2015 at 6:34AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There are exhibits, events, concerts and games galore this weekend, so get out and enjoy them! Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Year of the Shag Celebration, Labor Day Festival & Parade Sept. 4 - 7
Posted on September 4, 2015 at 8:50AM by Kelsey Carmichael
Fill up your Labor Day Weekend with events to make it feel like fall! From football to shag lessons, to Labor Day celebrations, you will have no trouble keeping busy this holiday weekend. Don't be ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Freeway Music Festival, Woodcreek Classic August 28 - 30
Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:05PM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend you can enjoy symphonic sounds or rock n' roll, watch a game of golf or just wear golf attire in Five Points or indulge in burgers and brews or boiled peanuts. Whatever your ...
Eight places celebrate 352 years of business in Columbia, SC
Posted on August 27, 2015 at 7:22AM by Kelsey Carmichael
The new and "tried and true" in Columbia, SC celebrated anniversaries over the past few weeks with a collective 352 years of business. No matter how old, each has unique qualities that give customers ...

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

2016 Midlands Heart Ball

February 20, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 6:30 pm
The Midlands Heart Ball is one of the region's premier black-tie affairs. This event attracts over 300 of the city's largest companies and most recognized corporate, healthcare and social leaders. ...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»

Julius Caesar: Roman Military Might and Machines

through May 22, 2016
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
This new blockbuster exhibition brings to life one of the most technologically significant times in history by showcasing more than 30 intricately designed and functional inventions from the height ...More»

Star of Bethlehem

through January 3, 2016
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»


through January 3, 2016
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»

Threads: The Story in Our Clothes

through January 22, 2016
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
From lab coats to riding pants, to formal gowns and wedding dresses, to repurposed clothing and handmade work dresses, what people wore and continue to wear tells stories of their time, ...More»

Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper

through July 1, 2016
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
Opening Sept. 19, this exhibit tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper. The exhibition is included with museum membership or ...More»

Winter Fest

December 19, 2015-January 3, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: varying event times. Check website
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»

Last Chance for Polar Express in 4D

  • Offer Valid: 11/23/2015 - 01/03/2016

South Carolina State Museum

Not ready to let the holidays go just yet? You still have time to see the Polar Express in 4D at the South Carolina State Museum! The ...