SC State Museum 4th floor exhibit gallery looking down onto the 3rd floor galleries with Clemson plane suspended from ceiling in foreground

Permanent Exhibitions

Travel through South Carolina's ancient past, uncover its rich history, art and culture and more.

Museum Hours

Open today from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Plan Your Visit

Explore 4 Floors of South Carolina History

The South Carolina State Museum features four floors of permanent exhibitions on history, art, natural history and science and technology.

Explore the diverse and exciting history of South Carolina through fascinating displays on dinosaurs, pre-historic fossils, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American history, pottery, paintings, historic telescopes and more. You’ll find South Carolina art featured across all four floors of galleries and you won’t be able to miss, ‘Finn’, our giant pre-historic megalodon shark replica!

The first floor features the admissions area, museum store, the planetarium and the Lipscomb Art Gallery.

Be amazed by our giant megalodon shark replica, "Finn," learn about South Carolina habitats and wildlife, visit the dinosaur gallery and see how fossils are discovered.

Discover the history of science and technology in South Carolina, learn about the development of transportation and enjoy changing exhibition spaces

See objects, artifacts and artwork representing the rich history of our state, enjoy changing exhibitions, and visit the Ariail Telescope Gallery.