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Stringer Discovery Center

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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 30 are canceled.

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Stringer Discovery Center, South Carolina State Museum, Family Fun, Pre-K, toddlers, early education, play space


The Stringer Discovery Center is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95
Seniors (62 +): $7.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Infants 2 and under: FREE

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The Stringer Discovery Center at the State Museum is a family engagement space full of exciting activities designed for children ages six and under to learn, explore and have fun.

The Stringer Discover Center originally opened in 1997 thanks to a generous donation by the late Carolina Stringer Rainey through the Stringer Foundation in honor of her father William Kenneth Stringer. Mrs. Rainey was a major supporter of the State Museum and served on the State Museum Commission Board until her death in 1990. Today, Rainey’s children, Mary Belser and Robert Rainey, are continuing their mother’s legacy of ensuring a positive and educational environment for the museum’s youngest visitors.

The Stringer Discovery Center includes:

Overlook Theater
This stage area is fully equipped with a microphone, sound effects and a variety of costumes for children to dress-up and perform.

Finn’s Workshop
This workshop teaches children the importance of construction and engineering through hands-on tools, workbenches and a Lego™ building wall.

Imagination Playground
Children can build a fort, a roller coaster, or a car with a variety imaginative foam building blocks.

Create and Shape
With a focus on tactile play and fine motor development, this mixing area features a light table with colorful transparent shapes.

Reading Station
Families can cozy up on a plush rock pillow, grab a book and read together in the reading station.

Tree House
Children can go inside the tree to listen to natural forest sounds and climb up the tree house and have a puppet show.