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Apollo April at the South Carolina State Museum

Museum Hours

Please note: the museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 17.

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

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Apollo April
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 16

April 2022

Kids ages 3 – 12 get 50% OFF general admission all month long in April!*

This April, join the South Carolina State Museum as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 16 lunar mission and South Carolinian Charlie Duke’s historic walk on the Moon.

*Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional charge.

Apollo April Special Features:

Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space – NEW EXHIBITION
Now Open
This new exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 16 and Charlie Duke’s walk on the Moon. Plus, it highlights other South Carolina scientists and engineers who helped contribute to aerospace research and exploration. Click HERE to learn more.

Runs April 2 – May 1, 2022
This new planetarium experience highlights Apollo 16 role in exploring a world beyond our own. Take a trip to the Descartes Highlands lunar landing site and follow in Duke’s footsteps in this limited run show.

The Smithsonian Channel’s Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier
Showing April 9 – 24 ONLY | Click HERE for showtimes
This is the untold story of the decades-long battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to be the first superpower to bring diversity to the skies, told by the black astronauts and their families. Please note: the film includes strong language and depictions of sensitive content, viewer discretion is advised. The show is free with general admission or membership.

Apollo 16 Commemorative Print by the Half & Half

Now Available for purchase in the Cotton Mill Exchange and online!

This limited edition print was designed by award-winning printmaking studio The Half & Half in Columbia, SC. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 16 Lunar Mission and South Carolinian Charles Duke’s historic walk on the Moon – and it glows in the dark. Size: 18″ x 24″.

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Apollo April Special Events

Apollo Member Night
Fri., April 8 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Members are invited to celebrate “Apollo April” with an exclusive evening featuring early access to the new exhibition, Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space, before it opens to public on April 9. Plus, night-sky observing of the Moon in the Boeing Observatory. Click HERE to learn more. Not a member? Join today!

Exhibition Tour – Apollo 16: South Carolina in Space
April 13, 15, 20 and 22 at 11 a.m.
Take a tour of the new Apollo 16 & Beyond exhibition with our resident museum expert Meredith Nichter, Curator of Science and Technology.

Exhibition Tour – The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy
April 12, 14, 19 and 21 at 11 a.m.
Take a tour of the Robert B. Arial Historic Telescope Collection Gallery with our resident museum expert, Tom Falvey, Director of Education.

Kids Rocket Launching
Tues., April 19–Fri., April 22 from 2–4 p.m.
Ready. Set. Launch rockets with pressurized air in the planetarium lobby. How high will yours go?!

Learn More About the Apollo 16 Mission and Charles Duke


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