South Carolina State Museum


South Carolina State Museum. Columbia, South Carolina, Museum, Attraction, Planetarium, Observatory, 4D Theater, Exhibitions

Plan Your Visit

Visit today and explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibitions, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.
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Register today for fun and engaging Spring Break Camps for ages 6 – 12, sponsored by AFLAC!
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521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball & Community

This photography exhibition depicts baseball in its purest form: scrap metal bases, rotten wood bleachers, teams made up of brothers, fathers, sons...
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Become a Member

Join the fun and save all year when you become a member of the State Museum!

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The Story of Us: Sharing Our Past, Building Our Future

See objects, artwork, fossils and more highlighting the South Carolina State Museum's 35 year history and exploring what's coming in the future.

Museum Hours

Open today from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

South Carolina State Museum301 Gervais StreetColumbia, SC 29201

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Summer Camps

June, July and August 2024

Join our team of museum educators for a Summer of fascinating fun and learning! Registration is now open for ages 6 -12.

Learn More About Camps at the Museum

Field Trips for 2023-2024 School Year

Educators, now is the time to plan your State Museum field trip for 2023-2024! Enjoy a variety of standards based offerings that will bring learning to life for you students.

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Search the Collections

The museum's expansive collection featuring art, cultural history, science and technology and natural history is now available to search online.

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Explore Exhibitions

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

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
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Plan Your Visit

Explore four floors of exhibitions, enjoy 4D theater and planetarium shows and discover the universe in the observatory.

Plan Your Visit