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30th Anniversary Weekend

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South Carolina State Museum, Columbia Mills Building
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30th Anniversary Weekend

Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4

Enjoy FREE general admission all weekend and help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the State Museum’s opening in 1988!*

PLUS! Live performances, exciting activities, special tours, delicious food and more.


Saturday: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Open late on Nov. 3!

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Member Breakfast

At 8 a.m.

Museum members are invited to enjoy light breakfast refreshments, a special souvenir and an exclusive members-only planetarium experience:

A Pancake of Planets

Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

We’re saying Happy Anniversary with our annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party!

  • Live bluegrass music

  • Delicious barbecue prepared by award-winning cookers from all over South Carolina.

  • Craft beer

  • Hay rides

  • Artist and craftsmen demonstrations

  • See the NEW 30th Anniversary Juried Show art exhibit

  • Last chance to explore the “Magical Maze of Oz”

  • Lunar and night sky observing in the museum’s Boeing Observatory. (weather permitting)

  • And lots more!


Sunday: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Nov. 4 from Noon to 5 p.m.

Celebracíon de la Herencia Hispana

The fun continues all day with Celebracíon de la Herencia Hispana!

  • Authentic Latin cuisine

  • Live music and dance performances

  • Cultural displays

And more exciting activities:

  • Costumed interpreters throughout the museum galleries.

  • An up-close at fossils with our Natural History curator.

  • Special gallery tour featuring behind-the-scenes tales all about HOW our iconic artifacts arrived at the museum.

  • Last chance to explore the “Magical Maze of Oz”

  • And lots more!