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Virtual Museum: E-Learning Resources

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

Below are several e-learning resources available from the museum and suggested links for other online resources.

Museum staff will be updating this page regularly with new content and resources!

State Museum Online Learning

Upcoming Virtual Programs

Boeing Observatory Telescope Livestream
Every Saturday Night via Facebook Livestream

Join State Museum Boeing Observatory staff for a virtual look at the night sky from a telescope streamed on Facebook Live! Each Saturday night, weather permitting, staff will livestream a telescope feed. Have a question or comment? Staff will monitor the stream and respond as needed.

Virtual Crafty Jammies Night – Curious George
Tues., Jan. 12 from 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Join the museum (virtually!) on the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a very special bedtime story and craft time with some of our favorite literary characters! This month our special guest will be the Curious George. Registration is required and capacity is limited. Click here to learn more and register.

Virtual Exhibits

Even though the museum is closed to the public, we still want to provide opportunities to explore our galleries.

Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration.

Click to explore.

South Carolina and Reconstruction
The years following the Civil War were a time of great upheaval. After the bloodiest war in American history, the country was redefining itself. This exhibit uses artifacts from the time period to examine the devastation of the war, changes in labor, society, and the law.

Click to explore.

New Video Resources

New virtual video content every week! Most recent videos below. Click HERE to see more video content.

Virtual Tours and Talks with Curators and Educators
Take a walk through the State Museum with curators and staff.


Online Lessons and Experiments
Museum educators show off some exciting hands-on experiments.

Online Collections Resources

Learn more about your family heirlooms or search a select group of objects and photographs from the State Museum’s collection courtesy of University of South Carolina Libraries Digital Collections.

Object Information Request
The museum is closed to the public but curators are still hard at work (from home). For those curious about their heirlooms, pieces of artwork, objects found while cleaning up, etc. the museum is introducing a new online Object Information Request Form. Members of the public can submit the form and museum staff will be in touch to help identify objects, find research and offer conservation resources. Click HERE to access the form.

The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy
This incredibly rare collection of American made telescopes and astronomical equipment, donated to the museum by amateur astronomer Robert B. Ariail, features instruments dating back to 1730. Thanks to a partnership with University of South Carolina Libraries Digital Collections, many of these instruments can be found online. Click HERE to explore the collection.

Standard Federal Photograph Collection

Standard Federal Photograph Collection
Students at the University of South Carolina’s Digital Library created this website of over 140 historic photos of Columbia from the Museum’s collection. Click HERE to explore the collection.


Find fascinating info developed by museum curators and educational staff on a variety of subjects, as well as instructional posts on fun educational activities.

By Subject:

Natural History
Science and Astronomy

Instructional Posts:

Hands-On Home Science

More In Class or At-Home Activities

Crosswords, Puzzles and More:

Colonial Crossword

Painted Puzzles – Digital Jigsaw

More coming soon!