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South Carolina State Museum
SC State Museum
301 Gervais St,, Columbia, South Carolina, 29214 803-898-4921
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History & Fun at the South Carolina State Museum

Discover South Carolina's rich history and heritage at this exciting, family friendly museum and science center. With four floors of permanent and rotating exhibits, visitors of all ages can explore galleries filled with everything from dinosaur bones and historic airplanes to Civil War relics and antique telescopes. The museum offers many changing exhibits and special events throughout the year, highlighting art, history and technology. Visitors can also enjoy fun activities like astronomy shows, entertaining art, history and natural history programs, and exciting laser light shows in the planetarium, solar and night observing programs in the observatory, and popular movies in the museum's 4D theater. From history to science, the South Carolina State Museum has it all!


Prices -

 $8.95-$19.95 adults; $7.95-$18.95 seniors (62+) ; $6.95-$17.95 kids (3-12). Ticket prices vary based on age and attraction choices. 

Hours -

 Open 10am-5pm, Monday; 10am-8pm, Tuesday; 10am-5pm Wednesday- Friday; 10am-6pm, Saturday; 12am-5pm, Sunday.


  • Tasting Tuesdays
  • Saturnalia Roman Festival
  • WinterFest


  • Exhibits
  • Observatory
  • Planetarium
  • Canal & river walks
  • 4D theater
  • Cotton Mill Exchange shop


  • what exhibits are available at the South Carolina State Museum?

    The museum is home to four levels of permanent and changing exhibit galleries that highlight South Carolina's art, history, natural history, science and technology. Permanent exhibits include displays of dinosaurs and pre-historic fossils, exhibits on the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and African-American history.
  • Is there a movie theater at the South Carolina State Museum?

    Yes, the museum is home to a state-of-the-art 4D interactive theater that combines an exciting 3-D visual experience with unique sensory enhancements, like blasts of air, vibrating seats and water spray, all to enhance the viewers' movie experience. The theater offers three different movie choices.

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