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Civil War Exhibit SC State Museum
Fire in the Sky
Mars Rover Gallery
SC State Museum History Gallery


Explore four floors of exhibits at the South Carolina State Museum. Experience history, enjoy interactive science fun and see South Carolina works of art. Experience the past through the museum’s extensive artifact and fossil collections, enjoy hands-on interactive fun in the science gallery and see more than 400 years of South Carolina art on display.


Permanent Exhibits

Natural History Gallery SC State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum features four floors of permanent exhibits 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, African-American history and more. You’ll find South Carolina art featured across all four floors of exhibit galleries and you won’t be able to miss, ‘Finn’, our giant pre-historic megalodon shark replica!

Learn more about our permanent galleries.


Changing Exhibits

Savage Ancient Seas, fossils, Columbia Things to do

In addition to four floors of permanent exhibits, the South Carolina State Museum also displays a variety of changing exhibits throughout the year. From exciting blockbuster exhibits to fascinating features on South Carolina art, cultural history and more, there is always something new to learn.

See current changing exhibits.



Traveling Exhibits Program

Traveling Exhibits at the SC State Museum

The Traveling Exhibits Program at the South Carolina State Museum provides museums, art centers, universities and other institutions with high quality, affordable traveling exhibitions. These special exhibits provide a variety of fascinating shows for institutions of any size, from large exhibitions designed for major museums to smaller, South Carolina-specific exhibits for local museums, galleries, libraries, schools and more.

Learn more and see available traveling exhibits.


Past Exhibits

Race Are We So Different

The State Museum has hosted a wide variety of exhibitions over the years. Find out more about our most recent blockbuster exhibitions, including RACE: Are We So Different?

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