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What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 17 - 20
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:24AM by Amanda Wynn
Get in the swing of spring this weekend and participate in the many exciting happenings going on in Columbia, SC, including the Indie Grits Film Festival, Disney on Ice, breathtaking art ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 11 - 13
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:09AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend in Columbia, SC features a premier film festival, family fun, outdoor adventures, music and more. Check out five things to do this weekend below, and then browse ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 3 – 6
Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:35AM by Amanda Wynn
The month of April brings with it beautiful weather and exciting events! Check out these five things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do March 27 - 30
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:17AM by Renée Williamson
This weekend in Columbia, SC features family fun, Southern traditions, college sports, Grammy-winning music and more. Check out seven things to do this weekend below, and then browse our ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do March 20 - 23
Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:17PM by Renée Williamson
This weekend we welcome spring to Columbia, SC. We've missed it, for sure. Enjoy a weekend in the Columbia region with lots of things to do, including spring festivals, shopping excursions and ...
Indie Grits Film Festival: 2014 Party and Food Guide
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
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Indie Grits 2014: Complete Film Guide
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Back for its eighth year and taking place April 11 - 20, 2014, Indie Grits Film Festival is a one-stop-shop for the very best of the Southeast region's film, culinary, theatrical, art and music ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do March 13 - 16
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:06PM by Mary Elkin
It's heating up in Columbia, SC with one of the city's largest festivals, St. Pat's in Five Points! While you're here for some surprisingly Irish fun, sample craft beers from our local breweries ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do March 7 - 9
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:08AM by Amanda Wynn
Stroll down Main Street, attend a craft show, run a marathon and more! Find below six things to do in Columbia this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even more ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do February 27 – March 2
Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:39AM by Amanda Wynn
From festivals and art performances to South Carolina State House tours and the happiest 5k on the planet, this weekend is full of things to do throughout the Columbia region:  ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do February 20 – 23
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:19AM by Renée Williamson
Whether you're in Columbia, SC for the weekend or a day, this weekend offers movies and music, food and shopping, events, dancing and more. Find below 5 things to do Friday through Sunday ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do February 13 - 16
Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:55AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Due to weather conditions, some events listed below may be canceled or locations may be closed temporarily. Be sure to check with the location about openings and closings, and only travel if you know ...
Valentine's Day 2014 in The New Romantic Hot Spot
Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:43AM by Mary Elkin
Southern hospitality comes naturally in Columbia, SC. So when the ultimate day of love rolls around, you can be sure we'll help make your romantic evening or weekend unforgettable. From a quiet ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do February 6 - 9
Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:00PM by Mary Elkin
From concerts to one-of-a-kind art exhibits, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our six suggestions below, but also be ...
What's Hot This Week: 5 Things to Do January 31 - February 5
Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:14AM by Renée Williamson
Whether you’re looking for events and things to do around the Columbia region, or plan on visiting one of Columbia, SC’s sports bars to watch “The Big Game,” this weekend and ...
What’s Hot This Week: 5 Things to Do January 23 – 29
Posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From concerts to culinary celebrations, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our five suggestions below, but also be sure to ...

South Carolina State Museum

  • 301 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-898-4921
  • Fax: 803-898-4969
  • Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 -5 pm; Open Mondays - Memorial Day through Labor Day; Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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The South Carolina State Museum is a comprehensive museum, with extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. In one stop it encompasses all that South Carolina was, is and can be. It is South Carolina's largest museum and one of the largest in the Southeast. School tours free for state schools if advance arrangements are made.

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.The Crescent Café has wonderful food and drinks but is currently closed due to construction. The café will reopen in 2014.
4. 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.
5. Contains gold Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to the South Carolinian who invented the laser (Dr. Charles H. Townes). (L.A.S.E.R. - Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
6. Beautiful wrought iron gate made by Philip Simmons, nationally known “dean” of Charleston blacksmiths
7. Reproduction of Fort Moultrie, site of the battle of Sullivan’s Island. Because the fort was made of palmetto trees, and repelled British cannonballs, palmettos became the state’s symbol and its nickname became the Palmetto State.
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. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum and the Cotton Mill Exchange are closed on Monday. Store profits support the museum's exhibits and educational programs.

Open Mondays May 31 to September 6 Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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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

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»

The Life and Art 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»