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Exhibition Galleries

Museum guests can explore exhibitions featuring the art, history, natural history and science and technology of the Palmetto State.

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The 55-foot digital dome BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space and beyond.

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4D Theater

Enjoy immersive film experiences featuring 3D visuals mixed with real world effects, including air bursts, seat movement, ankle ticklers and more.

Observatory Educator Looks Through Alvan Clark Telescope During Solar Observing Hours With Dome Open Above Him Showing Blue Sky


The Boeing Observatory at the South Carolina State Museum features a historic telescope, outdoor viewing terrace, and adjoining classroom.

Red and white propeller airplane is suspended from the ceiling on display at the South Carolina State Museum.


Discover current exhibitions, learn about the museum's extensive collection of art, objects and fossils from South Carolina, see what our immersive theaters can offer and more.

Museum Hours

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Plan Your Visit

Explore Your State Museum

Our state-of-the-art 4D theater, digital dome planetarium and observatory offer the chance to journey through the deepest reaches of space, immerse viewers in the wonders of the natural world and make learning come alive for guests and students. Go beyond the museum's amazing on site experiences to discover more about the collection that includes more than 1 million objects, artworks, fossils and specimens. Enjoy online exhibitions and see what the Astronomy Education Center has to offer from telescope live streams to virtual planetarium live sky shows and more.

What to See and Do When You Visit

Explore the Collection

Learn more about the museum's collection featuring more than 1 million objects, artworks, fossils and specimens.

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Pillars of Creation Image from James Webb Space Telescope Courtesy NASA

Astronomy Education Center

The museum is home to a wealth of astronomy related resources, including a state-of-the-art Observatory, a 55ft digital dome planetarium and a collection of antique telescopes.

Learn More about SCSM Astronomy

Museum News

South Carolina State Museum Planetarium Exterior

Plan Your Visit

Explore four floors of exhibitions, enjoy 4D theater and planetarium shows and discover the universe in the observatory.

Plan Your Visit