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What's Hot This Weekend: Blues, Berries & BBQ, Fashion Week, Soda City Family Jam June 24 - 26
Posted on June 23, 2016 at 6:22AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From baseball and barbecue to fashion and freedom, there's no shortage of summer fun this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Shrimp & Grits Festival, The Glo Run, Summer Concert Series June 17 - 19
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:54AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Festivals, plays, and sporting events are all in store this weekend. Find out more in our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's going on in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Slide the City, Harvest Week, DriftJam, Twilight in the Garden June 10 - 12
Posted on June 10, 2016 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The long summer days are here to stay, so fill them up with some of the fun activities and events we have going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Fireflies Baseball, Rhythm on the River, Summer Movie Series June 3 – 5
Posted on June 2, 2016 at 11:53AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It may only be June, but the summer schedule is heating up with outdoor events, festivals, baseball and more. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Memorial Day Weekend: Commemoration & Heritage Celebration, Big & Bold May 27 - 30
Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:08AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The unofficial start of summer kicks off this weekend with plenty to see and do! Keep reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything else that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Dinner on Main, Xtreme Air 5K, SC Brewers Festival May 20 - 22
Posted on May 17, 2016 at 1:41PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and farms to sports and shows, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Drink Pink Rose Festival, Governor's Cup May 13 - 15
Posted on May 11, 2016 at 1:13PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Fun in the sun, new festivals, live music and more are all in store for this weekend. Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Famously Hot Scavenger Hunt May 6 - 8
Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:50PM by Dayna Cantelmi
With the return of a signature festival, a brand new event and more, this weekend is another one for the books! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
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 ...

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»

Friday Night Laser Lights

through August 26, 2016
Location: South Carolina State Museum
Times: Shows: 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM
This summer, enjoy a dazzling display of lasers set to your favorite music on the fourth Friday of every month! From classic rock to EDM you can experience three different full-dome laser shows ...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»