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National Travel and Tourism Week is Famously Hot
Posted on April 29, 2016 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
National Travel and Tourism Week, the national event championing the importance of the travel and tourism industry, is back for its 32nd year May 1 - 7, 2016. Columbia welcomes 14.5 million ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cinco de Mayo, Fireflies, Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival April 29 - May 1
Posted on April 28, 2016 at 12:01PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Enjoy the weekend with a number of spring events, festivals and happenings taking place all over town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Artista Vista, Rhythm on the River, Columbia Record Fair April 22 - 24
Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The only thing more beautiful than Columbia's #famouslyhot spring weather is its robust arts scene. Enjoy both this weekend with a number of events happening throughout the area. Keep reading for ...
What's Hot this Weekend: Indie Grits, Fireflies Opening Weekend, The Big Nosh April 15 - 17
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:43PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot weekend packed with all kinds of fun spring activities! Continue reading for our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more ...
Waterfall Junction: A Whimsical Addition to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Posted on April 7, 2016 at 12:31PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Waterfall Junction, the 3-acre interactive children's garden created as part of the Destination Riverbanks expansion, is now open to the public at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.   The ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Hip-Hop Family Day, Alton Brown Live, River Rocks April 8 - 10
Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:06PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Delve into the many events, shows and cultural experiences going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's happening ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Columbia Open Studios, Runaway Runway, Freeway Music Festival April 1 - 3
Posted on April 1, 2016 at 6:28AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and concerts to plays and exhibits, we're in for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cream of the Crop, Spring Carnival, Harlem Globetrotters March 25 - 27
Posted on March 22, 2016 at 12:56PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Spring has sprung and is here to stay, so there's no reason not to get out and enjoy all of the events happening around town this weekend! Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Pat's in Five Points, Soda City Suds Week, "Peter Pan" March 18 - 20
Posted on March 18, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend marks the official start to spring, so get out and enjoy the #famouslyhot weather and the even hotter events going on around town. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Blue Man Group, Cottontail Festival March 11 - 13
Posted on March 10, 2016 at 12:28PM by Dayna Cantelmi
"Spring ahead" into all the fun events and activities going on this weekend! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Art Day, St. Pat's Official Kickoff, Run Hard Columbia Marathon March 4 - 6
Posted on March 3, 2016 at 6:58AM by Dayna Cantelmi
March is in like a lion this weekend with a full schedule of events, exhibits and shows. Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Chili Cook-Off, "Cinderella," Harambee Festival Feb. 26 - 28
Posted on February 25, 2016 at 2:33PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From chili and ballet to Michael Jackson and cabaret, we've got all that and more this weekend! Scroll down for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "A Silver Screen Affair," Muppet Sing Along, Mann-Simons Site Feb. 19 - 21
Posted on February 18, 2016 at 2:44PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot taste of Spring this weekend and there are plenty of events and fun things to do happening around town to get you out and about! Read on for our roundup below, then look ...
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 ...

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

Art: A 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
Did you know that the SC State Museum houses a collection of nearly 4000 works of art and hand-made objects related to our state, dating back to 1590? ART: A Collection of Collections is a new ...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 ...More»

Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper

through July 1, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Monday & Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 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»