The South Carolina State Museum hosts a wide range of fun and fascinating events and programs throughout the year. There is always something new to see and do on every visit.
The State Museum offers daily planetarium and 4D theater showings.
Second Shift Twosdays
Every Tuesday from 5 – 8 p.m.
The museum is open late every Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Second Shift Twosdays. Every Tuesday evening there will be something special offered, which may include programs, planetarium shows, 4D movies, night observing, exhibit previews, special discounts and more. The entire museum will also stay open during these extended Tuesday evenings. Second Shift Twosdays are included with membership or general admission. Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional price.
Guests can also explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology! There is an additional fee to see the laser light shows, 4D theater shows and for admission to the blockbuster exhibit, BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures.
Through the Fire
Thurs., Jan. 29 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Join the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum at Through the Fire, an evening event to commemorate the 150 anniversary of the Burning of Columbia and the end of the Civil War. The event will feature Civil War-inspired food and drinks with a dramatic reading of accounts from those who witnessed Sherman’s path through the state. Actors will read from diaries, newspapers, military accounts and letters in the museum’s new BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium creating an immersive experience. There will also be a showing of 3D Civil War photographs presented by the Relic Room in the museum’s new Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, JR 4D Theater. Tickets are $35 general public and $28 museum members.
First Citizens First Sunday
Sun., Feb. 1 from 12 to 5 p.m.
General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is only $1 for guests on First Citizens First Sunday!
Included in general admission, guests can explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the brand new observatory and the new Robert B. Arial Collection of Historical Astronomy located on the fourth floor.
For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the blockbuster exhibit, BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures.
Civil War Lecture Series: By the Red Glare Discussion and Book Signing with Mark Sibley-Jones
Sun., Feb. 1 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Led by Mark Sibley-Jones, By the Red Glare Discussion and book signing will reflect how the famous burning of Columbia affected and changed the Capital City and South Carolina. Lecture admission is included with museum general admission.
Sat., Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Relic Room and Military Museum are partnering to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march across the state during the State Museum’s annual History Day event. Artifacts associated with the march will be on display and Civil War military reenactors will be on hand demonstrating the lives of soldiers. The day will also feature a new exhibit opening, special presentations throughout the day, musical performances, hands-on learning activities and more.
College Art Day
Fri., March 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Aspiring student artists and parents are invited to explore South Carolina colleges and university art departments during College Art Day at the South Carolina State Museum. Meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying their art degrees in their professions. College Art Day is included with general admission or membership. To sign up, call (803) 898-4999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
South Carolina art and artists will be featured with an exceptional day of activities for everyone at Art Day at the South Carolina State Museum. Guests will enjoy hands-on art activities, demonstrations by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas and the new art exhibit, Halsey 100. Art Day is included with museum general admission and will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, Show and Sale
April 10 – 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The South Carolina State Museum presents the inaugural South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, featuring displays and sessions about 19th century muzzleloaders, gun building, metal etching, relief carving and silver inlay, decorating hawks, bags, straps, tanning leather, powder horn decorating, history of muzzleloading guns in the Southeast, gun safety and much more. The event is included with museum general admission or membership.