Large shark replica suspended above an open gallery space. The shark is wearing a blue and green polka dot birthday hat.

35th Birthday Celebration

The museum is celebrating 35 years since opening and you're invited to our birthday party!

Museum Hours

The museum is closed today

Plan Your Visit
ASL Interpretation
Assistive Listening Device
Captioning Available
Included with Admission
Suitable for All Ages
Wheelchair Accessible
Event Date
Sat., Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You're invited to celebrate 35 years of the South Carolina State Museum!

*** Free General Admission ***

Join us for a special day featuring music, tours, a new exhibition and lots more. 

See Pop-Up Performances By:

  • Palmetto Swing Association and the Capital City Shag Club
  • Claflin University Concert Choir
  • Bluegrass Trio, The Wilder Flower
  • Jazz Musicians, Weatherproof featuring Mark Rouse and Friends
  • Women of the River Drum Group
  • Dancing on Air breakdance crew performance

Enjoy Special Tour and Gallery Experiences:


  • Sing Happy Birthday and enjoy a sweet treat at 3:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate the re-opening of the Cotton Mill Exchange and shop for unique gifts
  • See Planetarium and 4D Theater Shows (see schedule below)
  • Purchase delicious food from The Crescent Café by The Food Academy
  • Grab a bite from local food trucks: Luna's Grill, Bobcha Korean, Wingz Thingz, Karen's Kitchen Catering and Pizza for Pyros
  • Enjoy the outdoor cash bar featuring a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including, "Finns Up," a specialty craft beer designed just for the museum! 

Activities featuring American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation are marked ASL.

Please note: general admission is free for guests on Nov. 4 and includes all four floors of exhibitions, performances and activities. Planetarium and 4D Theater shows carry an additional charge.


General Admission: FREE

Planetarium Shows: $5 each

4D Theater Shows: $5 each 

Gen. Public Show Tickets

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Show Schedule for Sat., Nov. 4

Shows featuring American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation are marked ASL.

Black Holes | 11 a.m. 

Live Sky Tour | 12 p.m. (ASL) and 4 p.m.

Mars 1001 | 1:30 p.m.

James Webb Space Telescope: The Story Unfolds | 2:30 p.m.

SC State Museum Exhibit Gallery

35th Anniversary Member Morning

Museum members are invited to an exclusive event featuring a lightweight breakfast, a special gift, and more.

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