The Museum has four disciplines that reflect the richness of South Carolina's history:

South Carolina Art - Just as South Carolina art plays an integral role in the lives of many visitors, it is integral to the story the State Museum tells of South Carolina.

Natural History - South Carolina is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the United States. See our giant shark display, Life in the Past dinosaur exhibit and South Carolina habitats exhibit.

Science & Technology - The science and technology floor provides historic and contemporary exhibits and activities. Explore space science, discover the principles of flight and learn about the inventor of the laser.

Cultural History - The history floor of the South Carolina State Museum covers roughly 14,000 years of the state's heritage. See our Civil War submarine, our train history exhibit and African American history display.

Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy 

Learn more about this world class collection of historic telescopes and astronomical instruments.

Standard Federal Photo Collection

Students at the University of South Carolina's Digital Library created this website of over 140 historic photos of Columbia from the Museum's collection.


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