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9 Unique State Museum Experiences to Enjoy During Spring Break

Kids out of school? Family and friends in town? Visiting Columbia?

The South Carolina State Museum is the perfect destination this Spring Break! Here is a quick look at nine unique museum experiences that everyone will love:

1. Hall of Heroes Blockbuster Exhibit

This interactive hands-on adventure invites you to discover your own superpowers while exploring the history and science behind America’s superhero obsession. Journey through themed environments as you immerse yourself in the world of heroes, crime-fighters, gadgets and more. Watch out! There are surprises around each corner as you test your own super abilities at a variety of interactive stations. Click HERE to learn more.

2. Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon – New Exhibit

Apollo 50 Journey to the Moon

This new, immersive exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the years of the Apollo program as America raced to accomplish a lunar landing before the Soviet Union. Guests can also learn about Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke, who grew up in Lancaster, SC and other notable South Carolinians who contributed to the Apollo program.

3. 4D Theater

4D Theater, South Carolina State Museum, Snow, Open For Fun

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.

This spring Join Scrat, Ice Age’s resident nut-crazed sabre-toothed squirrel, as he time travels in his zaniest adventure to date, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4D.

4. Planetarium

South Carolina State Museum, Planetarium, Field Trips

The 55-foot digital dome BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more.

Visit over Spring Break and enjoy a variety of shows including: National Parks Adventure, Black Holes, We Are Stars and more!

5. Observatory

Observatory, Boeing Observatory, South Carolina, Museum, Columbia, Things to do, family fun

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!

6. Spring Break Camps

Columbia, Spring Break. Spring Break Camps, family fun

Need a place for the kids to spend time while they are out of school? Check out the museum’s Spring Break Camps available April 15 – 19!

Sign-up for the whole week or just a few days and enjoy special themes from robots to superheroes.

Learn more and register your camper(s)!

7. Dinosaur Gallery

South Carolina State Museum, Dinosuar, South Carolina, Family, Things to Do, Columbi

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.

8. Stringer Discovery Center

Discovery Center, South Carolina State Museum, Family Fun, Pre-K, toddlers, early education, play space

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!

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 this Spring Break! Get your tickets now!