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CHANGING EXHIBITS

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.

Coming Soon

Show and Tell Exhibit GraphicShow and Tell: Recent Acquisitions at the State Museum
Opens September 18
Did you know? Many recently-accessioned objects in museum collections spend years in storage before they goes on display. “Show and Tell,” offers guests to see new additions to the State Museum’s collection sooner rather than later! The exhibition is presented in English and Spanish, and features objects from all four of the museum’s major disciplines: Cultural History, Art, Science and Technology, and Natural History. Learn more and get tickets today.


Current Changing Exhibits

Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound
New Exhibit
This new, bilingual exhibition engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and animals hear sound, examine the psychology behind how sound can affect our emotions and evoke nostalgia, learn about the process of making instruments and more. Learn more and get tickets today.

Haz un poco de ruido: La ciencia del sonido
Nueva exposición
Los invitados podrán explorar la forma en que viaja el sonido, descubrir cómo escuchan los sonidos tanto humanos como animales, examinar la psicología detrás de la manera en que el sonido puede afectar nuestras emociones y provocar nostalgia, aprender sobre el proceso de fabricación de instrumentos y más. ¡Lee más y adquiere tus boletos hoy!


The Graphic Eye: South Carolina and the Intersection of Art and Design
Now Open
From mass-produced media of the late 19th century to the concert posters of today, this exhibit explores South Carolina’s strong and diverse connection to the graphic arts. Included in the show are prints, posters, commercial art and advertisements and more. Click HERE to learn more.

 

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
Closes Sept. 26, 2021
Become a furniture detective in this exhibition 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.

 


Community Gallery

Doing Our Part: Producing Supplies to Fight COVID-19
Now Open
This mini display in the museum’s Community Gallery highlights the ways in which businesses, universities, and volunteers in South Carolina have joined in to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). From face masks and sanitizing solution to innovations in 3D printing, South Carolinians have found numerous ways to answer this call.


Virtual Exhibits

Women in Politics 360 Virtual Exhibit Title Graphic 3A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics – A Virtual 360 Exhibit – NEW!
From tribal women leaders, to our first female Governor, this exhibit utilizes objects, images and stories to explore how women engaged with the political history of our state. Click HERE to explore.

Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon
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 explore.

South Carolina and Reconstruction
The years following the Civil War were a time of great upheaval. After the bloodiest war in American history, the country was redefining itself. This exhibit uses artifacts from the time period to examine the devastation of the war, changes in labor, society, and the law. Click HERE to explore.