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$200 per student per week. $180 for any additional weeks of field studies for the same student.


$160 per student per week. $145 for any additional weeks of field studies for the same student.

Extended Day:

$60 per student per week or $50 per student per week for museum members.*


Drop Off: 8 – 9 a.m.
Field Study: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pick-up: 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Extended Day: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Ext. Day Pick-up: 3 – 5:30 p.m.


The South Carolina State Museum is excited to offer a new series of programs for our intrepid Middle School students aged 12 – 14. These week-long field studies focus on a variety of different professions and give your student the ability to meet with experts in their fields. Topics include history, art, biology, astronomy, and a fun SciFi Science week exploring STEAM theories.

Click HERE to download a Parent/Guardian Guide.

A 50% deposit is required to reserve your student’s spot and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to the field study.

Please note: Drop off and pickup for students is at the Group Visits Entrance located in the planetarium lobby. Any student remaining after 3 p.m. will be considered part of the Extended Day Camp and will be charged the rate for Extended Day Camp.

TO REGISTER: Click on the button below to submit your Summer Field Study registration request.

Request Form

QUESTIONS? Call 803.898.4999 or email

Please note: the discount for additional weeks of Field Studies and Extended Day are available for the same student attending multiple programs. Discount can be applied for up to 5 weeks.


The Art of History
July 10 – 14
Art isn’t just in galleries—it’s all around us! Campers will learn the ins and outs of how art and history go hand in hand. They’ll create their own Dave pots inspired jug, “capture” some history through the lens of a camera, and even discover the unconventional use of art for everyday objects like furniture and silverware. Plus, campers will preserve some of their own community by creating a collaborative mural. This summer’s a blank canvas—come fill it up!

Eco-Adventure Field School
July 17 – 21
Dive into the gene pool this summer at the State Museum! Campers in this pre-professional program will “test the waters” and learn why genotypes and phenotypes make the world go round. Students will explore the microworld in a microscopes workshop, become masters of the Punnett square, and get a good “look” at some anatomy in an eyeball dissection lab. They’ll even put their knowledge to the test on a museum tour. Jump on in!

Professionals. . .in Spaaaace!
July 24 – 28
Pack your space briefcase–we’re going to work for NASA. But not everyone’s an astronaut. It takes a lot to live in, travel through, and work in space. Students will assemble a mission crew, analyze the surface features of Mars, and stay fit in microgravity. A real NASA professional will check in with the “training crew” via video chat to answer any budding astro-questions. All systems are go!

SciFi Science
June 19 – 23 or July 31 – Aug. 4
A lot of what used to be science fiction is now science fact. Cell phones, submarines, and space travel are just a few things that once existed only in people’s imaginations. What other seemingly impossible things could become part of our everyday future? Students will build their own robotic companion with EV3 MindStorm Legos, learn about how warp drives work, ride a hovercraft, and create holograms in this week-long adventure that explores the physics of the fantastic.

Historian 101
June 26 – 30 or Aug. 7 – 11
What does an historian do anyway? Everything! Students in this pre-professional program will hone their skills using field studies, cemetery taxonomy, and a little archaeological puzzle-work. They’ll also have the opportunity to submit work generated during the week of their field study to the State Archives, making themselves a permanent part of South Carolina History. Class is in session!