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What's Hot This Weekend: Sweet on CMA, That's Amore Y'all, R. Kelly, Sidewalk Astronomy Feb. 12 - 14
Posted on February 12, 2016 at 6:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Cupid is in Columbia this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of Valentine's Day events. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Black History Parade, Mardis Gras Columbia Feb. 5 - 7
Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The winter blues don't exist in Columbia. This weekend is packed with events, festivals, exhibits, shows and more! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
10 Local Hints for Valentine's Day
Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:07AM by Guest Blogger
Love is in the air in Columbia, SC as Valentine's Day approaches. Whether looking for the perfect gift or romantic moment, here are some ideas to show some love this holiday.Bruges ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Aladdin," Dinos: The Big Dig, CMA Chamber Music on Main Jan. 29 - 31
Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From clogging and dinosaurs to shopping and State House tours, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: World Beer Festival, "Strings and Salsa," "Circus XTREME" Jan. 22 - 24
Posted on January 21, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Art, theatre, dinosaurs, craft beer - we've got all of this and more this weekend! Read through for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Treasure Island," Restaurant Week, "Freedom Fest 2016" Jan. 15 - 17
Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Do a little bit of everything this weekend! Take advantage of the special menus and deals during the final days of Restaurant Week Columbia, peruse the booths at Soda City Market, visit the museums ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Restaurant Week, Walk for Life, CMA Gallery Tour Jan. 8 - 10
Posted on January 8, 2016 at 10:52AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The holidays are now over and the new year means a whole year ahead of new experiences and opportunities. Jump right in and see all that's going on this weekend. Read our roundup below, then check ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Got Snow Festival," Main Street Ice, WinterFest Jan. 1 - 3
Posted on December 31, 2015 at 8:37AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Kick off the new year in Columbia, SC! From exhibits and ice skating to shopping and concerts, we have everything you need to start 2016 off right. Check out our roundup below, then take a look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Breakfast with Santa, WinterFest, "The Nutcracker" Dec. 18 - 20
Posted on December 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather outside is delightful, so celebrate the holidays in the sun with your loved ones! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything ...
Slow Down and Enjoy the Scenery in Columbia, SC
Posted on December 15, 2015 at 7:47AM by Guest Blogger
Sweet tea should be sipped slowly and enjoyed, and a visit to Columbia, SC requires you to slow down and visit with purpose. Columbia is a true Southern city that still has a distinct aura of the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Crafty Feast, Hannukah Party, Santapalooza Dec. 11 - 13
Posted on December 11, 2015 at 7:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend is packed with everything from exhibits and plays to concerts and seasonal festivities. Join in on the fun and keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Carolina Carillon Parade, Tracy Morgan, Snowball Festival Dec. 4 - 6
Posted on December 4, 2015 at 9:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether working off Thanksgiving dinner at the Warm A Heart Race 10K & 5K, laughing at Tracy Morgan's hilarious standup or getting in the holiday spirit at various events around town, there's a ...
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. ...

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: Starting: 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»

Art Day

March 5, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
South Carolina art and artists will be featured with an exceptional day of activities for everyone during Art Day. Enjoy hands-on art activities, demonstrations by artists and guided ...More»

Art: Collection of Collections

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Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Discover South Carolina artists through a collection of pieces dating back to 1950. More»

College Art Day

March 4, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Aspiring student artists and parents are invited to explore South Carolina colleges and university art departments during College Art Day. Meet current students and faculty from South Carolina ...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»

Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition

April 28, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The annual Sweet & Savory Chef’s Competition is coming up! Join us for a night of tasty treats and one-of-a-kind auction items. Let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite sweet ...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»