South Carolina State Museum


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Holidays at the South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is the perfect destination for holiday fun with special 4d theater and planetarium experiences, exhibitions, shopping...
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4D Theater

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D returns to the State Museum for holidays! Experience this holiday classic like never before with immersive effects including 3D visuals and even snow.
Sat., Dec. 9 | 9 - 11 a.m. Meet Santa and more during this special morning designed for guests who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience.
South Carolina State Museum. Columbia, South Carolina, Museum, Attraction, Planetarium, Observatory, 4D Theater, Exhibitions

Plan Your Visit

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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Become a Member

Join the fun and save all year when you become a member of the State Museum!

Museum Hours

Open today from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

South Carolina State Museum301 Gervais StreetColumbia, SC 29201

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Shop SC Themed Gifts

Visit the museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange, and discover locally made SC themed gifts for friends and family.

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Field Trips for 2023-2024 School Year

Educators, now is the time to plan your State Museum field trip for 2023-2024! Enjoy a variety of standards based offerings that will bring learning to life for you students.

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Search the Collections

The museum's expansive collection featuring art, cultural history, science and technology and natural history is now available to search online.

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Explore Exhibitions

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

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.

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South Carolina State Museum Planetarium Exterior

Plan Your Visit

Explore four floors of exhibitions, enjoy 4D theater and planetarium shows and discover the universe in the observatory.

Plan Your Visit