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Black Friday Weekend Family Fun

The Polar Express 4D Experience, Columbia, South Carolina, holidays, family, things to do, Christmas

Museum Hours

Thurs: Closed for Thanksgiving
Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: Noon – 5 p.m.

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Black Friday Weekend Family Fun

Fri., Nov. 29 – Sun., Dec. 1

The State Museum is OPEN for holiday family fun! Enjoy the 4D theater holiday show, THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE, when you visit. Plus, enjoy exciting planetarium experiences and lots more.


  • Special holiday planetarium and/or 4-D Theater shows, including THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE!

  • Access to the State Museum’s Boeing Observatory. Please note: Solar observing and night-sky viewing are dependant on clear skies.

  • Admission to four floors of fascinating exhibits on South Carolina history, art, natural history and science and technology

Special Black Friday Offer!

Museum Membership is $25 OFF during the Black Friday Weekend

Discount valid for memberships purchased on-site from Fri., Nov. 29 – Sun., Dec. 1.

Holiday Fun in 4-D!

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCEpolar express, columbia sc, things to do, 4 D theater

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You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.

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Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon

Now Open
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents an exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Guests can also learn about Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke! Click HERE to learn more.


NEW! Space Gallery

Now Open
Explore the museum’s newly renovated 3rd floor Space Gallery featuring displays on out-of-this world meteorites, an interactive Magic Planet globe that will take you across our solar system and more.


Dinosaur GallerySouth Carolina State Museum, Dinosuar, South Carolina, Family, Things to Do, Columbi

Now Open
Travel millions of years into our ancient past when you explore the museum’s dinosaur and Natural History exhibits. See fossils and life-like recreations of the animals that once called South Carolina home so long ago. Make sure to meet Finn, our giant megalodon shark!


Shop the Cotton Mill ExchangeCotton Mill Exchange, South Carolina State Museum

Open each day
The Cotton Mill Exchange offers a surprising array of unique items from beautiful linens and jewelry to decorative items for your home or office, gourmet food and more. The 4,000 square foot museum store features a spectacular range of gifts representing the palmetto state.


Crescent CafeCrescent Cafe, Chicken Salad Sandwich

Open each day
No need to leave to for lunch, just visit the museum’s Crescent Cafe on the second-floor mezzanine. Enjoy snacks, a delicious array of sandwiches and wraps, sweet treats, coffee and more. Children’s menu available as well!