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Hours and Admission

*** Per the City of Columbia’s Emergency Ordinance, all guests ages 10 and up are required to wear a face covering during their visit. ***

New Hours of Operation

Mon: CLOSED
Tues. – Fri: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 – 5 p.m.

Museum Update

The South Carolina State Museum is now in phase two of re-opening. Hours of operation have been expanded, meaning the museum is now open on Sundays. Please note: the museum is unable to offer First Sunday $1 general admission due to capacity restrictions, but we will offer free kids (ages 3-12) general admission during Space Week July 18 -26.


Museum Safety and Guest Expectations

Guest Rules
Per the City of Columbia’s Emergency Ordinance, all guests ages 10 and up are required to wear a face covering during their visit. Face coverings can help reduce pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 from spreading the virus. Since re-opening, State Museum staff have been required to wear face coverings and we now ask our members and guests to join us in this important safety measure. The museum also asks visiting guests and members to:

  • Adhere to social distancing by placing at least 6ft of space between your group and other visitors

  • Stay home if you feel unwell, especially if running a fever

  • Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently

  • Contact the museum before your visit with questions, concerns or if you need individual assistance. Call 803.898.4999 or email webmaster@scmuseum.org

Museum Safety
Following guidelines provided by AccelerateSC and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the State Museum will be implementing the following measures:

  • Some areas, exhibits and attractions may remain temporarily closed or include limited features during this time.

  • Museum capacity managed on a daily basis

  • Museum staff will wear face coverings

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum

  • Reduced capacity in the planetarium and blockbuster exhibition

  • Signage to encourage hand-washing and social distancing among guests

  • Regular cleaning of public and hands-on areas


Admission Options

Please note: the museum will be managing our hourly capacity to better meet social distancing needs. Advance online ticket purchases are highly encouraged. Members and guests who do not purchase tickets or submit a Member RSVP in advance may have to wait to enter the museum if the building is at its hourly capacity limit.

Blockbuster Exhibit

Add, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, to your museum experience for an additional price!

Adult (13-61): $9, Seniors (62 +): $8, Children (3-12): $7, Infants 2 and under: FREE

Member Adult (13-61): $7, Member Seniors (62 +): $6, Member Children (3-12): $5, Infants 2 and under: FREE

Prices do not include museum general admission.

General Public Admission

General Admission

Includes entry to 4 floors of exhibits.

Adult $8.95
Senior (Ages 62 +) $7.95
Children (ages 3-12) $6.95

 

BUY TICKETS

With Sherlock Add-On

Gen. admission + ONE Sherlock ticket.

Adult $17.95
Senior (Ages 62 +) $15.95
Children (ages 3-12) $13.95

 

BUY TICKETS

With Planetarium Add-On

Gen. admission + ONE show ticket.

Adult $13.95
Senior (Ages 62 +) $12.95
Children (ages 3-12) $11.95

 

BUY TICKETS

 

Museum Member Admission

Members, please RSVP for the day and time you intend to visit. If you wish to explore the blockbuster exhibit or see a planetarium show, you can select the time you wish to attend and then either use your comp attraction tickets or purchase add-on tickets when you arrive.

Museum members receive FREE general admission and more all year long! Not a member? Learn more and join today.

Member Gen. Admission RSVP

Includes entry to four floors of museum changing exhibits.

Member Adult FREE
Member Senior (Ages 62 +) FREE
Member Children (ages 3-12) FREE

 

GENERAL ADMISSION
RSVP

Member Blockbuster RSVP

Reminder, members will need to use their comp attraction tickets or purchase member tickets when checking in.

Adult $7
Senior (Ages 62 +) $6
Children (ages 3-12) $5

 

BLOCKBUSTER TICKETS RSVP

Member Planetarium RSVP

Reminder, members will need to use their comp attraction tickets or purchase member tickets when checking in.

Adult $4
Senior (Ages 62 +) $4
Children (ages 3-12) $4

 

PLANETARIUM TICKETS RSVP