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Night at the State Museum: Mystery!


Sponsored By:

Little Caesars Sponsor

Night at the State Museum: Mystery!

Where in the State is Carolina Gaffney?

Fri., Feb. 28 to Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Check-In: 5 p.m. on Friday; Departure: 10 a.m. on Saturday

Some of South Carolina’s most precious landmarks are disappearing, and notorious thieves have been spotted in the area. But what grand mastermind is really behind this? And why? Join our own ACME Crime Net in this interactive Overnight as we interview suspects and track down clues, all in a bid to answer the question: Where in the State is Carolina Gaffney? Featuring:

  • A chance to sleep amongst the museum’s exhibits and artifacts.

  • Explore the universe in a special live, seasonal planetarium SkyTour.

  • Night-time observing through the historic 1926 Alvan Clark telescope including opportunities to see the Orion Nebula and planets.*

  • Little Caesars Pizza dinner.

  • A morning screening of Sherlock Holmes 4D: the Great Detective.

  • Continental Breakfast with coffee.

  • Shopping in the Cotton Mill Exchange.

  • Morning access to the blockbuster exhibit, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. (Please note: this requires an additional charge for exhibit entrance.)

* Please note: Opening the observatory dome depends on good weather. If weather is poor, staff will have alternative activities on hand including archived images taken through our telescope by SC students.

Rescheduling is subject to space availability. The South Carolina State Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any activity. A refund will be given if the museum cancels an overnight.

Questions? Call 803-898-4999 or email


Tickets are non-refundable. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Gen. Public $35

Museum Members $28


Members! When you buy tickets online you will need to enter the 16 digit barcode on your membership card to access your discounted tickets. Not a member? Join today!

All About Overnights Info

What Do We Eat?

  • South Carolina State Museum Overnights are sponsored by Little Caesars’ pizza. We will have cheese and pepperoni options for dinner along with lemonade, tea, and water.

  • A simple continental breakfast will be provided in the morning with granola bars, chewy fruit bars, pop-tarts, water, and juice.

Please note that food is not allowed on the museum floor outside of the Launch Room or Café area. Please do not bring snacks into the exhibit areas. If you have snacks (or alternative meal options) for your group, please put them all in the same bag, box, or cooler with a label and we will show you where to leave them in the Launch Room.

Where Do We Sleep?

  • Overnight participants will be assigned sleeping areas upon arrival and will sleep among the museum exhibits. Air mattresses are allowed and recommended for adults only due to space limitations. There are bathrooms on every floor of the museum. There are no showers.

  • For safety reasons, once the call for “lights out” has happened, no one will be permitted to exit the museum and re-enter.

What Should We Bring?

  • Sleeping bags and pillows

  • Any necessary medications

  • Any sleep aids you may need (stuffed animals, sleep masks, etc.)

  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, facewash, etc.)

  • Pajamas

  • Cameras (please avoid bringing other electronic devices)

  • Flashlights (adults only, please)