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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 ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Big Nosh April 30 - May 3
Posted on April 30, 2015 at 8:49AM by Alli Finkelston
Tap your toes and broaden your minds with non-stop musical and educational enlightenment in Columbia, SC. From music festivals to cultural displays, this weekend has something to interest everyone. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Food Truck Festival, Sparkleberry Country Fair, Artista Vista April 24 - 26
Posted on April 23, 2015 at 9:33AM by Alli Finkelston
Hip, hip, hooray! There are always festivals and art around every corner in Columbia, SC. This weekend is no exception with elaborate gardening displays, odes to fried food, student theatre and ...
Tours of Lower Richland Heritage Corridor launch with event featuring renowned artist Jonathan Green
Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:11AM by Alli Finkelston
    Embark on a trip down memory lane with the South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) at the launch of its brand-new package tours program, Prevue, this Saturday, April 25 from ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Indie Grits, Columbia International Festival, Olympia Fest April 17 - 19
Posted on April 17, 2015 at 11:42AM by Alli Finkelston
It's a magical weekend here in Columbia, SC. Kick it off with Disney on Ice, sprinkle in a few Indie Grits films and top it all off with the International Festival: a ...
8 Things to Do at Indie Grits: April 15 - 19
Posted on April 15, 2015 at 2:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Today kicks off the five-day, creative extravaganza, Indie Grits Festival. Hosted by The Nickelodeon, SC's only non-profit, art house theatre, the festival seeks to explore territories ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Runaway Runway, Columbia Open Studios, River Rocks April 10 - 12
Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:07AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Spring is in full bloom in Columbia, SC and with it comes outdoor events, the inspiration for incredible art and a general sense of relief that the cold winter months are behind us. So get into the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Easter 2015 in Columbia, SC
Posted on April 1, 2015 at 3:45PM by Alli Finkelston
Spring has hatched, so break out your pastels and enjoy a weekend of brunching, egg hunting, and family fun. Browse our calendar and round up below for everything hoppening in the New ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Kenny Chesney, Carolina Cup, America Loves Bacon Festival March 27 - 29
Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:29AM by Alli Finkelston
Hold on to your hats folks, this is a big weekend to be in Columbia. "Come over" to the Colonial Life Arena where country crooner Kenny Chesney will play with special guests Jake Owen and ...
What's Hot This Weekend: NCAA Women's Basketball, Cinderella, Soda City Suds Week March 20 - 22
Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:30PM by Alli Finkelston
Let's go Gamecocks! Cheer on the number one seed, University of South Carolina Gameocks, as they dribble to the hoop against Savannah State to kick off the NCAA Women's Basketball ...
What's Hot This St. Patrick's Day Weekend March 12 - 15
Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:30AM by Alli Finkelston
We're feelin' lucky here in Columbia, SC! This weekend's St. Pat's in Five Points will be a good time for all you leprechauns. Want more on the festival? Check out our blog post to ...
What's Hot This Weekend: The Avett Brothers, Columbia Marathon, St. Pat's Kick Off March 5 - 8
Posted on March 5, 2015 at 9:30AM by Alli Finkelston
Hello sunshine! Springtime has finally arrived in famously hot Columbia, SC, just in time for the St. Pat's in Five Points Kick-Off. Celebrate the Gaelic season by dying the iconic Five Points ...
What's Hot This Weekend: February 27 - March 1 Lake Carolina Oyster Roast, Swan Lake, Gamecocks Run
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Columbia, SC is a one-stop shop for visitors who want to sashay with Swan Lake, shuck oysters at Lake Carolina and sprint through the historic USC horsehoe. Check out these famously hot weekend ...
Columbia Museum of Art's New "Seeking the Ideal" Exhibit
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Close your eyes and picture springtime. Now, try not to smile as images of the blinding sun, laughing children and rolling meadows come to mind. As Charles Courtney Curran said, "What normal human ...

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»

Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It

through July 26, 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
Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It tells the powerful grass-roots “people story” behind the Supreme Court’s landmark Civil Rights decision Brown ...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»

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»