South Carolina State Museum


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Solar Superstorms

New Show! A fury is building on the surface of the Sun: high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 100,000 km high, rising loops of electrified gas...
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New Exhibition

Shared Sacrifice: South Carolina in World War II

This new exhibition explores the powerful stories of South Carolina men and women who contributed to the war abroad and at home.

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It is "Ladies Night" during Friday Night Laser Lights at the State Museum! Enjoy the debut of a NEW laser show experience featuring the music of Lady Gaga. Plus, returning shows from Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.
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4D Theater

Turtle Odyssey 4D

Join baby Bunji, an Australian green sea turtle, as she navigates the dangers of life at sea, growing into a thriving adult along the way in Turtle Odyssey 4D.
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South Carolina State Museum301 Gervais StreetColumbia, SC 29201

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Highlighting the 180,000 South Carolinians who served in World War II, this exhibition explores the powerful stories of the men and women who...
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible
Explore the history behind South Carolina astronaut Charles Duke's Apollo 16 lunar mission and learn about scientists and engineers who have...
Suitable for All Ages
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible
Make Some Noise: the Science of Sound engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and...
Suitable for All Ages
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible

Blue Star Museums

The museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a national appreciation program to thank our military families for their service this summer, from May 18 - Sept. 2, 2024!

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Accessibility at the Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is committed to providing accessible and inclusive experiences for our guests. 

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Our State, Our Stories Podcast

Developed to coincide with the museum's 35th anniversary, this new series explores stories that uncover South Carolina's rich past through in-depth looks at the museum's collection, behind-the-scenes peeks, and more.

Learn more and subscribe to the podcast