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What's Hot This June
Posted on May 19, 2017 at 8:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer is on its way and that means there's more time to experience Columbia, SC through a line-up of seasonal events, concerts, exhibits and more! Keep reading for a roundup of things to ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Lee Snelgrove with One Columbia for Arts and History
Posted on May 11, 2017 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Abby Naas with the Columbia Fireflies
Posted on May 9, 2017 at 10:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Chef Mike Davis with Terra
Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Rita Patel with Hotel Trundle
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U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Trae Judy with Music Farm
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U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, ...
What's Hot This May
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Between the weather, sports, concerts and festivals, there's no reason not to be out and about in the streets of Columbia, SC this May. Read on for a roundup of things to do below, then ...
What's Hot This April
Posted on March 23, 2017 at 1:32PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Welcome to Columbia SC - The Real Southern Hot Spot! This month is packed with events showcasing our food, culture, scenery and more. Keep reading for a roundup of things to do below, ...

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. The museum's state-of-the-art Boeing Observatory is home to the historic 1926 Alvan Clark telescope. The Observatory is open for solar observing during the day, and is also open late on Tuesdays for night-sky viewing.
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.
8. Finn, the museum's giant reproduction megalodon shark, delights guests young and old in the museum's 2nd floor natural history gallery.
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»

Savage Ancient Seas: Prehistoric Predators

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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
Discover Savage Ancient Seas, and be transported back 80 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Explore a world of huge carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, ...More»
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