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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 ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do September 18 – 21
Posted on September 17, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Need a recipe for the perfect weekend? Combine Greek food, farm festivals and a patriotic 5K with a sprinkle of animals and top it off with amazing concerts. All can be found in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do September 11 – 14
Posted on September 10, 2014 at 3:45PM by Alli Finkelston
There's lots to do this weekend in Columbia, SC! Browse our 5 suggestions for things to do listed below and don't forget to check out our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do September 4 - 7
Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:52AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It's a bustling weekend in Columbia, SC with celebrations, events, sports, exhibits and more filling up all the days and nights. We have 8 suggestions for things to do listed below and our calendar ...
What's Hot This Labor Day Weekend: 6 Things to Do August 28 - September 1
Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:10PM by Dayna Cantelmi
A holiday weekend means one extra day to get out and explore everything the Columbia region has to offer! From a festival and football games to zombies, exhibits and more, there's no shortage of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do August 21 - 24
Posted on August 21, 2014 at 8:14AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend in Columbia, SC is a flurry of activity with festivals, shows, shopping, exhibits and more! Read through our 7 suggestions for things to do listed below and get swept up in the fun! ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do August 14 - 17
Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:28AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It's a whirlwind of activity this weekend in Columbia, SC! From grand openings and a fishing expo to a number of shows and exhibits, we can barely keep up with all of the wonderful things happening ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do August 7 - 10
Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Vacation may be beginning to come to a close, but summer is still in the air and there are plenty of activities scheduled to fill up your weekend in Columbia, SC! Read on for six suggestions on ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do July 31 - August 3
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Kick off the final full month of summer with a bang this weekend by participating in all of the exciting things going on in Columbia, SC! From enjoying a refreshing beer at the zoo to seeing a play ...

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»

Growl at the Moon

October 30, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Calling all werewolves, beer loving werewolves, that is. Come Growl at the Moon at the South Carolina State Museum's after hours Halloween party featuring: Lunar observing in the museum's new ...More»

October Second Shift Tuesdays

October 7-28, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Enjoy HalloScream Laser Lights at 6 p.m. This thrilling family-fun laser show features Halloween music favorites, including "Thriller," "Monster Mash," ...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»

State Museum Garage Sale

November 1, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Looking for a good bargain? You don’t have to look much further because the State Museum is hosting its huge Garage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. – noon (8 – 9 a.m. special ...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»

Tricks & Treats

October 25, 2014
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The South Carolina State Museum’s annual Halloween tradition is back for two weekends of family fun from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. There will be a haunted Halloween party ...More»