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HOLIDAY SAVINGS PASS at the SC State Museum

Get your Holiday Savings Pass so you can explore it all on your next visit to the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia!

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Visit the museum with family and friends this holiday season and enjoy four floors of fascinating exhibits on South Carolina history, art, natural history and science and technology. Explore the universe in our state-of-the-art Observatory, see holiday shows in our 55ft digital dome Planetarium and hop on board THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE in the 4D Theater.

The Holiday Savings Pass includes:

  • Admission to one planetarium show
  • Admission to one 4D theater movie
  • Admission to the blockbuster exhibit, Julius Caesar: Roman Military Might and Machines
  • Admission to four floors of fascinating exhibits on South Carolina history, art, natural history and science and technology
  • 10% off in the Cotton Mill Exchange and Crescent Cafe

 

All for a special value of $16 per child, $17 per senior and $18 per adult!

 
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HURRY this offer expires Jan. 3, 2016

 


W H A T   T O   D O

H O L I D A Y   S H O W S

The Polar Express 4-D Experience at the SC State Museum

4D THEATER

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE

Shows daily through Jan. 3, 2016
You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Show Run Time: 15 mins. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE will show daily through Jan. 4, 2015.
Click HERE to learn more and get tickets.

 


 

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

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Shows daily through Jan. 3, 2016
This full dome planetarium experience takes viewers back in time to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” Show Run Time: 25 mins.
Click HERE to learn more and get tickets.

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Christmas Laser Fantasy: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Tues. nights at 7 p.m. through Jan. 3, 2016
This dramatic holiday laser light show features a colorful display of laser lights choreographed to popular Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music. Show Run Time: 40 mins.
Click HERE to learn more and get tickets.

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Showing at select times through Jan. 3, 2016
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites. Show Run Time: 30 mins.
Click HERE to learn more and get tickets.

 

F E A T U R E D   E X H I B I T S

BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBIT

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This blockbuster exhibition brings to life one of the most technologically significant times in history by showcasing more than 30 intricately designed and functional inventions from the height of the Roman Empire, including: war machines, transportation machines, Roman arches, gladiator replicas, hands-on activities, computer animations and more.

Click HERE to learn more and to get tickets!

 


CURRENT CHANGING EXHIBITS

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This new exhibit celebrates local makers from South Carolina who are producing handmade objects for people all over the world. Some of the featured makers in the exhibition include luthiers, instrument builders, furniture makers, metal workers and clothing designers. Click here to learn more.

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See more than 200 years of clothing and fashion in this exhibition. From the ordinary to the remarkable, these pieces of clothing tell the unique stories of South Carolina, either through their creation or in the lives of the people who wore them. Click here to learn more.

Time and Place: the Artwork of James Fowler Cooperswimming-hole-james-fowler-cooper-web
Beautiful Lowcountry landscapes, farm labor and life growing up in rural South Carolina are all scenes depicted in Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper. This new exhibition tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina printmaker James Fowler Cooper. Click here to learn more.

 

S P E C I A L    E V E N T S

   

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Tues. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For those who prefer to shop later in the day, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Get into the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas music favorites, sampling South Carolina-made food and more while you shop.

 


 

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Dec. 19 –23, 2015 and Dec. 26, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016
Spend your winter break enjoying a variety of family friendly activities during the museum’s two-week WinterFest celebration. Programs vary each day and include activities such as “Holidays around the World” kick-off party, visits with Santa, performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, holiday crafts and more.

 

WINTERFEST Activities:

Holidays Around the World
Sat., Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kick off the Winterfest celebration with the State Museum during Holidays around the World, a special event focusing on international holiday celebrations like Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas and more. Enjoy international crafts, food and more.

Visits with Santa
Sat., Dec. 19 through Wed., Dec. 23
Get your cameras ready for a special visitor from the North Pole! During the week before Christmas, Santa will make several visits to the State Museum. New this year – Green Screen Santa – choose your own magical Santa setting for your family picture! Visits with Santa are included with museum general admission, Green Screen Santa pictures require an additional fee.

Winter Solstice Solar Observation
Mon., Dec. 21
Join astronomy educator, Larry Metcalf on Dec. 21, for a fun day of solar observation. Larry brings a suite of telescopes equipped to safely view features such as sun spots, solar flares and filaments. Larry Metcalf is a member of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, offering solar viewing to schools, libraries and museums all over South Carolina.

Bright Star Theater Plays
Tues., Dec. 22
Guests will be delighted this year with two entertaining holiday plays for all ages to enjoy. “Holidays around the World” will start at 11:00 a.m. and “A Christmas Carol” will start at 2:00 p.m. The Crescent Café will have hot chocolate and cookies available for purchase during the plays.


 

FROZEN Sing-A-Long Nightflake
Wed., Dec. 30 from 5 – 8 p.m.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Calling all Annas, Elsas and Olafs! Enjoy a magical evening inspired by Disney’s Frozen, featuring a meet and greet with Anna and Elsa, hands-on winter crafts and activities, light refreshments and the showing of “Frozen.” “Frozen” costumes are highly encouraged. Click HERE to buy tickets!

 

 

   

Want to see MORE upcoming events? Click HERE to see a full calendar!

 

H O L I D A Y    S H O P P I N G

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The Cotton Mill Exchange

We’ve explored every corner of the state to bring you the best of South Carolina. The Cotton Mill Exchange offers a surprising array of unique items from beautiful linens, and jewelry to decorative items for your home or office, gourmet food and more. The newly renovated 4,000 square foot museum store features a spectacular range of unique gifts and food products representing the palmetto state.

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Tasting Tuesdays
Tues. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For those who prefer to shop later in the day, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Get into the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas music favorites, sampling South Carolina-made food and more while you shop.

     

Remembering Columbia Book Signing with John M. Sherrer, IIIbook
Sat., Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.
John Sherrer, Historic Columbia’s director of cultural resources, will be signing copies of his new book, Remembering Columbia, in the museum store.

Click HERE to learn more.

H O U R S   A N D   A D M I S S I O N

The museum will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 – 25. The museum will be OPEN for regular operating hours for all other days throughout the holiday season.

HOURS

Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.*
(The Boeing Observatory is open until 8 p.m. each Tues. Please note: observing is dependent on clear skies.)
Wednesday- Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

*The State Museum is open late on Second Shift Twosdays! Click HERE to learn more.

 

HolidaySavings

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Click HERE to get your Holiday Savings Pass and see-it-all at the SC State Museum this holiday season for a special price!

Offer expires Jan. 3. 2016.

 

 

TICKETS

Explorer ticket packages include museum general admission and your choice of museum attractions: planetarium show, 4D theater film and/or blockbuster exhibit admission.

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Adult
$13.95
Adult
$16.95
Adult
$19.95
Senior (Ages 62 +)
$12.95
Senior (Ages 62 +)
$15.95
Senior (Ages 62 +)
$18.95
Children (ages 3-12)
$11.95
Children (ages 3-12)
$14.95
Children (ages 3-12)
$17.95
Members
$4.00
Members
$7.00
Members
$10.00
     
includes Museum entry and your choice of ONE of the below:
includes Museum entry and your choice of TWO of the below:
includes Museum entry and ALL THREE of the below:
     
Planetarium Show
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Blockbuster Exhibit

 

 

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General Admission*
Adults 13 – 61: $8.95 Seniors 62 & over: $7.95 Children 3-12: $6.95 Members: FREE Infants 2 and under: FREE
The military discount is $1 off

 

*General admission allows museum guests entry into all four floors of permanant exhibit space but does not include entry into the blockbuster exhibit, planetarium shows or 4D theater films.
QUESTIONS? Please call 803.898.4999 or email webmaster@scmuseum.org