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Phone: 803.898.4999


BIRTHDAY FUN at the South Carolina State Museum!

The State Museum offers fun and exciting birthday experiences for families of almost any size and age! Ranging from hair-raising science activities with one of our educators in an exciting science party, far-out adventures in a planetarium show with friends, or exhilarating 4D fun with family, we offer several party experiences to choose from that can be mixed and matched into a personalized birthday adventure.

All of our birthday parties include the following party essentials:

  • General admission for 10 children and 5 adults

  • Birthday Host during your 2 hour time slot

  • Use of the party room during your 2 hour time slot

  • Party supplies (plates, cups, napkins, utensils)

  • A create-your-own light up birthday hat for each child attending the party

Guest Capacity
Maximum capacity is 20 children and 10 adults. If you would like to host more guests than this, contact us through email at or call us at 803.898.4999.

Party Times
Birthdays can be booked at 3 different times: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The birthday family may arrive up to 30 minutes before the time slot in order to set up any supplies.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover), cash or personal checks are accepted. The deposit will apply to the total cost. Final guest count and payment is due the Wednesday before the party.

Minimum two week notice required to reserve your date.

Choose Your Experience

All parties recommended for ages 5 and up.

Robot Dance-Off
Get ready to party! Your young engineer will get to know our favorite little blue robot named Dash and teach him how to groove. We’ll learn the basics of block coding and put our new knowledge to the test as we gather all of our bots for a robot dance-off to remember. Make him spin, moonwalk, put on his disco lights, and even sing happy birthday. Cut loose, footloose – and let’s hear it for the bots! Recommended for Roboticists 6+

Finn’s Fab Science Lab
Join one of the museum’s fun and friendly educators as we explore a crazy world of science in this show! From hair-raising experiments to mixing our own concoctions – this party will get your birthday scientist and all their friends excited and curious about the world around them! We’ll “conduct” experiments in a safe environment, “light-up” the room with science, and maybe even walk away with a super slimy substance! Recommended for Scientists 5+

Travel the universe for this party experience by taking an immersive trip inside the Planetarium. The 360 degree screen is unlike any other theater you’ve been to and you’ll be swept away to far off places during one of our many different shows. Recommended for Astronauts 5+. Click HERE to find out more about our current planetarium shows.

4D Theater
Get ready for a 3-D visual experience with an exciting fourth dimension of environmental experiences like blasts of air, vibrating seats, and water spray! Recommended for Explorers 5+. Click HERE to find out more about our current 4D shows.

Party Packages

Party One
Includes party essentials plus one experience (Planetarium, 4D Theater, or Finn’s Fab Science Lab)


  • $195 general public/$155 members

  • $9 each additional child

  • $4 each additional adult

Party Two
Includes party essentials plus two experiences (Planetarium, 4D Theater, or Finn’s Fab Science Lab)


  • $250 general public/$200 members

  • $12 each additional child

  • $7 each additional adult

Party Three*
Includes our party essentials plus three experiences (Planetarium, 4D Theater, or Finn’s Fab Science Lab).


  • $295 general public/$235 members

  • $15 each additional child

  • $10 each additional adult


* PLEASE NOTE: the Party Three package can only be booked Saturdays at 2 p.m. due to the fun-packed nature of the programs. Expect to be partying until 4:30 or 5:00 pm!


What if my child is sick and/or I need to cancel or reschedule?

  • A written cancellation request must be received two weeks before the scheduled party in order to receive a refund.

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made with less than two weeks notice.

  • Rescheduling is subject to space availability.

  • The South Carolina State Museum reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any activity. A refund will be given if the museum cancels a birthday.

Can I bring balloons?

You are welcome to bring balloons filled with regular air, but we cannot have any helium filled (or floating) balloons inside the museum.

Can I bring candles for the cake?

We do not allow any open flame inside the museum. This is a safety precaution and means that we cannot allow any birthday candles.

What if a guest didn’t RSVP until the day of my party?

If your number of guests changes the day of your party, please talk to our staff at the Group Visits desk upon arrival.

Where do I park?

The birthday family may unload their supplies at our bus parking area by the planetarium lobby. We ask that all guests park in the museum parking lot and enter through the main lobby.

Can I set up the party room early?

The birthday family may arrive up to 30 minutes before their party time slot in order to set up any supplies they decided to bring.

I’m an adult and want to celebrate my birthday at the museum. Can I book myself a party?

At the South Carolina State Museum, we have a number of rental options for events of any shape or size. Please CLICK HERE to get more information on how to create your dream party.