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Last week to get FREE kids admission to the State Museum

Kids receive FREE general admission to the State Museum through Sun., Aug. 12!* Escape the high temperatures and enjoy a full day of family-friendly fun at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia this Summer. We are OPEN FOR FUN all week!

Here is a quick look at some amazing museum experiences that everyone will love:

1. National Parks Adventure – NEW Fully Immersive Planetarium Experience

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This immersive planetarium experience takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons and hurtling up craggy mountain peaks found within America’s outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and more. Narrated by Robert Redford.

2. Black Holes – Full Dome Planetarium Experience

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Unimaginably powerful, relentless, and invisible, black holes are some of the most fascinating and extreme objects in the universe. They warp space and time, swallow up stars, and can grow to monstrous sizes. How do they form? Where are they found? What would happen to you if you fell into one? Go on a mind-bending journey in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium that brings you face to face with these strange and enigmatic denizens of the cosmos.

3. Feel the Chill in the 4-D Theater

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Movies come alive in the State Museum’s Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Interactive Theater! Enjoy a 3-D visual experience with the fourth dimension of environmental experiences like blasts of air, vibrating seats and more.

Join Scrat, Ice Age’s resident nut-crazed sabre-toothed squirrel, as he time travels in his zaniest adventure to date in Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4D. Play in the snow and enjoy the icy breeze of the Ice Age!

4. Observatory

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Have you ever taken an up-close look at our Sun? Want to learn about our universe and how to be an astronomer? Visit the State Museum’s Boeing Observatory!

This 2,500 square foot observatory features a 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8-inch refracting telescope and an outdoor viewing terrace. When skies are clear, guests can enjoy solar viewing and learn about phenomena such as “sun spots” and “solar prominences.”

The museum and observatory are also open until 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights for night-sky observing!

5. Dinosaur Gallery

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Travel millions of years into our ancient past when you explore the museum’s dinosaur and natural history exhibits. See fossils and life-like recreations of the animals that once called South Carolina home so long ago.

6. Stringer Discovery Center

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This special family engagement space is full of exciting activities designed for children ages six and under to learn, explore and have fun. Including a fully equipped play stage area, an imagination playground featuring giant foam blocks to build creative designs, a tree house, a reading station and more!

7. Cultural History Gallery

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The museum’s fourth-floor history gallery traces the history of South Carolina. Guests can see examples of Native American pottery, objects owned by early colonial settlers, a replica of the CSS Hunley, a late 19th-century schoolhouse, a new permanent exhibit on the Civil War and more.

Plus, don’t miss the museum’s new exhibit, South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865-1876.

8. Finn and Gladys

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Finn the Megalodon and Gladys the Glyptodont are waiting to meet you in the museum’s second-floor natural history gallery! These two iconic creatures have been delighting guests for over 30 years.

Learn how giant megalodons like Finn once swam in our oceans and armadillo-like glyptodonts once walked the Earth. And don’t mind Gladys’ frown, she may look unimpressed but she loves meeting new people!

9. Shop and Café

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There is so much to see and do at the State Museum you could spend the whole day here! No need to leave to for lunch, just visit the museum’s Crescent Cafe on the second-floor mezzanine. Enjoy snacks, a delicious array of sandwiches and wraps, sweet treats, coffee and more. Children’s menu available as well!

Plus, check out the museum’s store, The Cotton Mill Exchange, for a selection of unique items from beautiful linens and jewelry to decorative items for your home or office, gourmet food and more. The 4,000 square foot museum store features a spectacular range of gifts representing the Palmetto state.

* Offer valid for up to 6 kids with the purchase of adult general admission.