Pages Navigation Menu


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.

Hall of Heroes – Discover Your Superpowers!

New Blockbuster Exhibit – Opens Jan. 19

This interactive hands-on adventure invites you to discover your own superpowers while exploring the history and science behind America’s superhero obsession.

Click HERE to learn more.

Current Changing Exhibts

30th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibit
Now Open
This year marks the museum’s 30th anniversary, and to celebrate the diversity of South Carolina art, we will host a juried exhibition. Artists from across the state will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the State Museum in Columbia, and to win cash prizes up to $1,500. Click HERE to learn more.


30th Anniversary ExhibitSabercat Skull, South Carolina State Museum, Smilodon
Now Open
In celebration of the State Museum’s 30th Anniversary this exhibit showcases artifacts and fossils acquired from 1988 – 2018. One iconic artifact or fossil from each year the museum has been opened will be on display, some for the very first time. 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.