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How to Have Family Fun at the State Museum Over Labor Day Weekend

The South Carolina State Museum is the perfect destination this Labor Day Weekend! Here is a quick look at what to see and do:

1. The Martian 4D Experience® – NEW!

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon leads The Martian 4D Experience® as Mark Watney, a brave astronaut who must utilize his scientific ingenuity to overcome being stranded alone on Mars. Root for his safe return as he and his crewmates work tirelessly to plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. Click HERE for showtimes.

2.National Parks Adventure – NEW 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. Click HERE for showtimes.

3. 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.”

4. 30th Anniversary Exhibit – NEW!

Sabercat Skull, South Carolina State Museum, Smilodon

In celebration of the State Museum’s 30th Anniversary this exhibit showcases artifacts and fossils acquired from 1988 – 2018. One iconic artifact or fossil from each year the museum has been opened will be on display, some for the very first time. Click HERE to learn more!

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

Crescent Cafe, Chicken Salad Sandwich

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.

We are OPEN FOR FUN all weekend! Get your tickets now!