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Hours and Admission

Hours of Operation

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

Museum Visitor Information

The South Carolina State Museum is now open on Sundays. Please note: the museum is unable to offer First Sunday $1 general admission due to capacity restrictions.

Museum Safety and Guest Expectations

Guest Rules
Per City of Columbia Ordinanace No: 2021-008, guests aged 11 and above are required to wear a face covering..

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

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 daily capacity in the galleries and during 4D and planetarium shows 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 capacity limit.

*** Due to health and safety needs, the 4d theater and planetarium are currently closed. ***

General Admission

General Public

Includes entry to 4 floors of permanent and changing exhibits.

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



Member RSVP

Includes entry into 4 floors of permanent and changing exhibits.

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