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Santa Saturday at the State Museum

December 4, 2021


Enjoy 50% OFF general admission!*
Adult (13-61): $8.95 $4.45
Seniors (62 +): $7.95 $3.95
Children (3-12): $6.95 $3.45
Infants 2 and under: FREE
Museum members: FREE

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*Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional charge. Discount not valid in combination with other offers or Museums for All pricing.

Santa Saturday at the State Museum

Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Meet Santa and Get 50% OFF General Admission on select Saturdays Until Christmas.*

Santa will be at the museum to meet with guests and members! Get your wish lists ready and bring your cameras to take a fun picture with our jolly friend. Plus, enjoy the 4D theater holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D and more when you visit!


  • Meet Santa from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (included with museum admission or membership)!

  • Special 4D Theater and Planetarium shows.

  • Time to shop SC for the holidays in the museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange

Due to gallery and theater capacity limits, advance purchase is strongly encouraged.

Holiday Shows

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D – NEW!
This special holiday experience uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant experience true to the story that has charmed audiences for generations. Join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf and their friends on this epic adventure. Run time: 10 mins.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D showtimes for Sat., Dec. 4, 2021:
11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Christmas” and more. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Laser Holidays showtimes for Sat., Dec. 4, 2021: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Featured Shows and Exhibitions

MARS 1001

MARS 1001 is a visually beautiful show that brings the reality of Mars exploration to audiences. It follows the fictional tale of space reporter Miles O’Brien, who guides guests through a daring 1000-day mission to fly an international crew to the red planet and return them safely to Earth. Show Run Time: 30 mins. Click HERE for showtimes.

Bindings and Betweens: South Carolina QuiltsBindings and Betweens Exhibit Title Graphic

Now Open
This new display traces the history and art of South Carolina made quilts. Featuring pieces from the museum’s collection, the exhibition highlights both the objects and their makers for an in-depth look at the quilt making process and how it relates to cultural traditions throughout South Carolina history to the modern day. Click HERE to learn more.

Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound

Now Open
This new, bilingual exhibition engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and animals hear sound, examine the psychology behind how sound can affect our emotions and evoke nostalgia, learn about the process of making instruments and more. Click HERE to learn more.

Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon

Now Open
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents an exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Guests can also learn about Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke! Click HERE to learn more.


December 4, 2021
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