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Operational Status

The South Carolina State Museum is currently CLOSED and all public programs are suspended until further notice.

Taking into consideration guidelines set forth by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the State Museum has made the difficult decision to temporarily close to the public in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). All upcoming museum programs, events and rentals through April 5 are canceled.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on the museum’s operational status.

Please CLICK HERE to access museum E- Learning resources.

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.

Blockbuster Exhibit

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
New Blockbuster Exhibit! Now Open!
Discover your crime-solving abilities in this new exhibition that combines science with history and culture to bring Sherlock Holmes to life! Featuring more than 100 artifacts, a 19th century mystery to solve, hands-on interactive stations, props from Sherlock movies and tv shows and more. Click HERE to learn more.


Coming Soon

A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics
Opening Soon
This exhibit features objects, images and stories showing the ways South Carolina women engaged with the political history of our state. From tribal women leaders, to the first female Governor of the state, this exhibit shows how women worked to gain a voice of their own. Click HERE to learn 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.


Grand Designs: 19th Century South Carolina FurnitureGrand Designs: 19th Century South Carolina Furniture, Exhibit, South Carolina State Museum
Now Open
Become a furniture detective in this new exhibit showcasing 19th century South Carolina furniture from the museum’s collection, some on display for the first time. Peek into the past lives of south Carolinians and how they lived based on the pieces they purchased. 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.