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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.


Savage Ancient Seas

Savage Ancient Seas

Now Open

Discover Savage Ancient Seas, and be transported back 80 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. This exciting exhibit features more than 50 prehistoric marine fossils presented in three-dimensional displays.

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WWI soldiers in a trench

South Carolina and the Great War
Now Open
Explore life in South Carolina on the eve of World War I and how the war impacted South Carolinians at home and abroad in this new exhibition.

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ART: Collection of CollectionsART: A Collection of Collections
Closes Aug. 21
Discover South Carolina artists through a collection of pieces dating back to 1950. Guests will get to explore works of fine, folk and decorative art made by South Carolina artists

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The Community Gallery features smaller scale displays and is located on the second floor.

SupergroovalisticprosifunkstacationParliament Funkadelic Social Media Graphic
Now Open
What do science, art, and imagination all have in common? They are draw from our inner funkiness. In a new exhibition, Supergroovalisticprosifunkstacation, super funky objects and groovy images of the legendary music group Parliament Funkadelic are on display.

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Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection 1967 – 2017
Opens Sept. 15
Eclipsing 50, highlights art work collected between 1967 and 2017 by the South Carolina Arts Commission and is a part of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration.