The museum is open late every Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Second Shift Twosdays. Explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, special planetarium shows, 4D Theater films, evening viewing in the Observatory and more. Click HERE to learn more.
NEW! General admission is 2 for $10 during Second Shift Twosdays! Plus, enjoy LIVE music in the Carolina Makers exhibit on the select Tuesdays nights throughout the summer!
Tues. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For those who prefer to shop later in the day, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Get into the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas music favorites and sampling free free spiced tea and South Carolina-made food samplings while you shop.
Saturnalia Roman Festival
Sat., Dec. 5
In conjunction with the new blockbuster exhibition, Julius Caesar: Roman Military Might and Machines, the museum is partnering with Legio VI Ferrata Fidelas Constans, South Carolina’s Roman legion, to present an ancient Roman festival, featuring Roman military reenactors, crafts, a parade, light refreshments and more. Guests are encouraged to come in Roman costume. Click HERE to learn more.
First Citizens First Sunday
Sun., Dec. 6 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 four floors of permanent and changing exhibits. Blockbuster exhibit admission, Planetarium and 4D Theater shows are an additional price. Click HERE to learn more.
Member Discount Day
Sat., Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
State Museum are invited to take advantage of two special shopping days (Nov. 21 and Dec. 12) and receive an EXTRA 10% OFF in the Cotton Mill Exchange. Total savings is 20% OFF your entire purchase! Not a member? Join today!
Planets for the People: Sidewalk Astronomy
Sat., Dec. 19 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House in Columbia.
Explore the evening sky with State Museum staff and members of the Midlands Astronomy Club in this special sidewalk astronomy program! You’ll be able to look through a telescope to observe the moon and more. Please note: this event is weather dependent and is NOT located at the State Museum.Click HERE to learn more.
Spend your winter break enjoying a variety of family friendly activities during the museum’s two-week WinterFest celebration. Programs vary each day and include activities such as “Holidays around the World” kick-off party, visits with Santa, performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, holiday crafts and more. Click HERE to learn more.
FROZEN Sing-A-Long Night
Wed., Dec. 30 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Calling all Annas, Elsas and Olafs! Enjoy a magical evening inspired by Disney’s Frozen, featuring a meet and greet with Anna and Elsa, hands-on winter crafts and activities, light refreshments and the showing of “Frozen.” “Frozen” costumes are highly encouraged. Tickets will be on sale Dec. 1. Click HERE to learn more.
Spend your winter break enjoying a variety of family friendly activities during the museum’s two-week WinterFest celebration. Programs vary each day and include activities such as “Holidays around the World” kick-off party, visits with Santa, performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, holiday crafts and more.
Museum Road Show
Next Date TBA
Have you ever wondered if those items you found at the local flea market, antique shop, tag sale, or even in your basement and attic were actually worth something? Whether it’s an heirloom, antique or artifact, local experts will be onsite in a variety of fields to offer informal verbal appraisals at the Museum Road Show.
Southeastern Toy Soldier Show
Exquisitely detailed military miniature figures or the little plastic G.I. Joes from your childhood, they’re all here at the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show. See, buy, or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history and enjoy special museum programs presented during the day.
Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party
The South Carolina State Museum is kicks off the fall season with this annual event featuring South Carolina barbecue, live music, artist demonstrations and lots more! Click HERE to learn more.