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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

Visit the State Museum – Travel to Mars, Explore Exhibitions and More

Now Through Jan. 2, 2022

Need an escape from Earth after the holidays? Visit the State Museum and go on a mission to Mars! It is the 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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Special Shows!

MARS 1001
LAST WEEK! Showing through Jan. 2, 2022
MARS 1001 is a visually beautiful show that brings the reality of Mars exploration to audiences. It follows the fictional tale of space reporter Miles O’Brien, who guides guests through a daring 1000-day mission to fly an international crew to the red planet and return them safely to Earth. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

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Winter Stars Live Sky ExperienceState Museum Planetarium with guests socially distanced
Now Showing
Travel through the night sky and take a tour of the constellations, planets and other celestial objects that can be seen from right here in Columbia. Learn how the sky changes over the course of the night and journey through space to get a closeup look at Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and constellations such as Orion the Hunter. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D – NEW!
LAST WEEK! Showing through 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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More Museum Fun

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To see full list of current changing exhibitions, click here.

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.


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.


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.


The Graphic Eye: South Carolina & the Intersection of Art and Design

Closes Jan. 2, 2022!
From mass-produced media of the late 19th century to the concert posters of today, this exhibit explores South Carolina’s strong and diverse connection to the graphic arts. Included in the show are prints, posters, advertisements and more. 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!