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Visit the State Museum and Escape the Holidays

Museum Hours

Sun., Dec. 26: Noon – 5 p.m.
Mon. – Fri., Dec. 27 – 31: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 1: Noon – 5 p.m
Sun., Jan. 2: Noon – 5 p.m.

Museum closed Dec. 24 – 25

Escape the holidays at the State Museum

Dec. 26 – Jan. 2, 2022

The State Museum is OPEN fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. Last week to see the amazing full dome planetarium experience, MARS 1001,plus enjoy new exhibitions and more.

Due to gallery and theater capacity limits, advance purchase is strongly encouraged.

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Holiday Fun!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D – NEW!
Runs through Sun., Jan. 2, 2022
This new holiday experience uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant experience true to the story that has charmed audiences for generations. Join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf and their friends on this epic adventure. Run time: 10 mins.

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Santa Saturdays – Meet Santa at the Museum!
Sat., Dec. 4, 11, and 18th
Santa will be at the museum to meet with guests and members! Get your wish lists ready and bring your cameras to take a fun picture with our jolly friend. Free with museum general admission or membership.

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More to Explore

Bindings and Betweens: South Carolina QuiltsBindings and Betweens Exhibit Title Graphic

Now Open
This new display traces the history and art of South Carolina made quilts. Featuring pieces from the museum’s collection, the exhibition highlights both the objects and their makers for an in-depth look at the quilt making process and how it relates to cultural traditions throughout South Carolina history to the modern day. Click HERE to learn more.


Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound /
Haz un poco de ruido: La ciencia del sonido

Now Open
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. Click HERE to learn more.


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 an exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Guests can also learn about Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke! Click HERE to learn more.


Space Gallery

Now Open
Explore the museum’s newly renovated 3rd floor Space Gallery featuring displays on out-of-this world meteorites, an interactive Magic Planet globe that will take you across our solar system and more.


Dinosaur Gallery

Now Open
Travel millions of years into our ancient past when you explore the museum’s dinosaur and Natural History exhibits. See fossils and life-like recreations of the animals that once called South Carolina home so long ago. Make sure to meet Finn, our giant megalodon shark!