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Museum Hours


Sat., Sept 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 3: Noon to 5 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Ticket Info

What to See and Do at the State Museum:

Donate Your Eclipse Glasses
Fri., Sept 1 – Mon., Sept 4

Drop off unused or gently used eclipse glasses and receive $2 Off museum combo ticket. We’ll be donating them to Astronomy Without Borders

Flood Relief
Sun., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Columbia Relief will be at the State Museum to collect donated items for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. Click HERE to learn more and see what items are needed.

4D Theater

The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®Lego the Movie
Emmet and his Master Builder friends return in The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®, where they are faced with the harrowing task of defeating power-hungry villain Risky Business! Run time: 15 mins.

Showtimes and tickets

THE LEGO® MOVIE © & ™ LEGO Group & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. (s17). LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks and/or copyrights of The LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO Group. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Planetarium Shows

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure planetarium
This exciting new planetarium experience takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Earth, Moon and Sun planetarium
This kid-friendly planetarium show, explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun. Learn why the Sun rises and sets, examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses and explore past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

Click HERE to learn more.



Savage Ancient SeasSavage Ancient Seas: Prehistoric Predators – Blockbuster Exhibit Closes Sept. 4
Explore a world of huge carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles and the largest sea turtles to have ever lived. See more than 50 prehistoric marine fossils, both cast and real specimens, presented in dramatic three-dimensional displays

Click HERE to learn more.

South Carolina’s First Astronaut Charles Duke and the Apollo Missions

Trace General Charles Duke’s time at NASA during the Apollo missions with this exhibit featuring objects from Duke’s Apollo 16 missions and more.

Click HERE to learn more.



Solar ObservingBoeing Observatory
Open all weekend
Take an up-close look at the the Sun in the State Museum’s sate-of-the-art Boeing Observatory. Solar observing is dependent on clear skies, but even if the weather is poor you can still visit the observatory and see the historic 1926 Alvan Clark telescope!


While You Visit

Cotton Mill Exchange

Visit the museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange, for a wide variety of unique SC themed gifts and products from jewelry, art, clothing, gourment food and more. Click here to learn more.

Eat and Drink
The Crescent Cafe offers a menu of delicious food, drink and even something for your sweet tooth!. Click here to learn more.