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South Carolina State Museum. Columbia, South Carolina, Museum, Attraction, Planetarium, Observatory, 4D Theater, Exhibitions

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Visit today and explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibitions, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.
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Join us for a special event honoring the momentous victory of D-Day 80 years ago with live performances, a new exhibition opening and more.
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Join rising culinary star, Amethyst Ganaway, and renowned artist and storyteller, Natalie Daise, for a special event at the museum exploring how women shape the way we eat.
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Upcoming Exhibition

Shared Sacrifice: South Carolina in World War II

OPENS JUNE 8, 2024! This new exhibition explores the powerful stories of South Carolina men and women who contributed to the war abroad and at home.

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South Carolina State Museum301 Gervais StreetColumbia, SC 29201

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Coming Soon! Shared Sacrifice: South Carolina in World War II

This upcoming exhibition opens June 8, 2024, and explores the powerful stories of South Carolina men and women who contributed to the war abroad and at home.

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Explore the history behind South Carolina astronaut Charles Duke's Apollo 16 lunar mission and learn about scientists and engineers who have...
Suitable for All Ages
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible
Make Some Noise: the Science of Sound engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and...
Suitable for All Ages
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible

Blue Star Museums

The museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a national appreciation program to thank our military families for their service this summer, from May 18 - Sept. 2, 2024!

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Accessibility at the Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is committed to providing accessible and inclusive experiences for our guests. 

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Our State, Our Stories Podcast

Developed to coincide with the museum's 35th anniversary, this new series explores stories that uncover South Carolina's rich past through in-depth looks at the museum's collection, behind-the-scenes peeks, and more.

Learn more and subscribe to the podcast