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Stay Cosmically Cool at the State Museum This Holiday Weekend

Escape the high temperatures this Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy family-friendly fun at the cosmically cool South Carolina State Museum. We are OPEN FOR FUN all weekend!

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

1. Fly Me to the Moon 4D – NEW Fully Immersive 4D Fun!

Sneak on board the legendary Apollo 11 spacecraft for a mind-blowing 4D Theater experience that puts you in the middle of the action and fully engages all of your senses. Shake, rattle and hold on to your seat as the rocket boosters blast you off into space! See showtimes.

2. Laser Salute to America Lights Up the Planetarium

Laser Salute to America, 4th of July, Planetarium, Columbia, South Carollina

Experience an exciting laser show that celebrates the spirit of America and honors its heroes through patriotic songs by various artists set to laser lights. This exclusive, limited run show in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium is the perfect holiday activity for the whole family.

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

Apollo 50 Journey to the Moon

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Learn More.

4. 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. Go on a mind-bending journey that brings you face to face with these strange and enigmatic denizens of the cosmos. See showtimes.

5. The Martian 4D Experience – More 4D Fun

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. See showtimes.

6. 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!

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 Summer! Get your tickets now!