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The South Carolina State Museum hosts a variety of changing exhibits throughout the year, from exciting blockbuster features to other fascinating displays on South Carolina art, history, natural history, science and more.

Current Changing Exhibts

Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon Apollo 50 Journey to the Moon
Now Open
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Click HERE to learn more.


Reflections on the RiverReflections on the River
Now Open
This exhibition explores the significance of South Carolina rivers on culture, industry, and landscape, as well as the ways in which they have inspired artists in the state. It features treasures of the collection by renowned artists. Click HERE to learn more.


South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865-1876 South Carolina and Reconstruction, Columbia, Civil War, South Carolina
Now Open
The years following the Civil War were a time of great upheaval. This exhibition uses artifacts from the time period to examine the devastation of the war, the changes in labor, society, and the law. Visitors will learn that while Reconstruction ended in 1876, we continue to struggle with its promises today. Click HERE to learn more.


Fill in the GapGuitar, Fill in the Gap, Exhibit, South Carolina State Museum
Now Open
This exhibit is a unique show produced by State Museum curators. They have hand-selected a number items from collections objects acquired between 2015 and 2018 for the public to preview and enjoy, some for the first time. Click HERE to learn more.


Special Display

Mill to MuseumMill to Museum, South Carolina State Museum
Now Open
Did you know the State Museum’s largest artifiact is actually its building? This new display explores how the Columbia Mills building transformed from the world’s first electric cotton mill into your award-winning South Carolina State Museum.