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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.


Planetarium Show Schedule

4D Show Schedule



Featured Events:



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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, Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time.


Click HERE to learn more.



Member Appreciation Night in the PlanetariumMemberCard2014

Fri., Nov. 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. 
The museum is hosting a Member Appreciation Night in the Planetarium, in which all embers will enjoy a FREE sneak peak showing of Violent Universe, a popular planetarium show that will begin playing to the public in the spring 2015. Members will receive an extra discount to shop in the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store and can bring a buddy (non-member) for only $5. Hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks will be available for $1 each.
Click HERE to learn more!




Planets for the People: Sidewalk Astronomy

Sat., Nov. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Location TBD
Explore the evening sky with State Museum staff and members of the Midlands Astronomy Club! You’ll be able to look through a telescope to observe the moon and more. PLEASE NOTE: this event is not located at the State Museum.


FREE and open to the public. Click HERE to learn more.






Dec. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
The museum is celebrating the holiday season with a whole month of exciting events, shows, activities and more.


Click HERE to learn more.





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Every Monday in December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy special holiday music and gourmet South Carolina-made food samplings while you shop at the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store on Merry Mondays in December. The store is the perfect South Carolina gift destination and carries several local gourmet products made in South Carolina, including coffees, teas, grits, cookies, candies, BBQ sauces, jams and more. Store purchases of $50 or more during “Merry Mondays” will include complementary gift wrapping. The store is open during normal museum hours. Museum admission is not required to shop in the store.


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First Citizens First SundayFCFirstSunday_Logo

Sun., Dec. 7 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, Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time.


Click HERE to learn more.



Columbia Marionette Theatrepuppetshow
Dec. 20 and Jan. 3
The acclaimed Columbia Marionette Theatre will entertain audiences of all ages during their live holiday puppetry performances at the State Museum.  “Santa’s Holiday Party” will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 and “Professor Brainstorm’s Brilliant Idea” will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3. Both shows are included with museum general admission.






Member Polar Express 4D PartyMemberCard2014

Fri., Dec. 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. 
All museum members are invited to hop on board the Polar Express for a special members-only Polar Express Party! Enjoy 50% OFF tickets to The Polar Express 4D Experience, free cookies, snacks, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa. Be sure to wear you most comfortable PJs and members can bring a non-member buddy for $5.
Click HERE to learn more about membership!





Mon., Dec. 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. 
The State Museum presents FrozenFest, a magical evening to spark young guests’ imagination.  During the event, guests will watch Disney’s Frozen, meet and greet with their favorite Frozen characters and enjoy crafts, coloring and a Frozen piñata.  There will be light snacks and refreshments. Frozen costumes are highly encouraged.  FrozenFest tickets are $12.50 per person and $10 for museum members. Tickets will be on sale soon!