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The South Carolina State Museum hosts a variety of changing exhibits throughout the year, from exciting blockbuster features to other fascinating displays on South Carolina art, history, natural history, science and more.

Current Changing Exhibits

Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space
Now Open
This new exhibition explores the Apollo 16 lunar mission and the historic moonwalk of SC astronaut Charles Duke. In addition to featuring many Apollo 16 objects, the exhibition will also highlight South Carolina scientists and engineers who have contributed to the field of aerospace research and exploration. Click Here to learn more.

Face to Face: Portraits from the South Carolina State Museum Collection
Now Open
This new exhibition explores the visual expressions of human connections featured in works from the museum’s collection. Featuring several new acquisitions, Face to Face encourages visitors to consider the importance of portraits throughout history, from 19th-century paintings to selfies on social media. Click Here to learn more.

Show and Tell Exhibit GraphicShow and Tell: Recent Acquisitions at the State Museum
Now Open
Did you know? Many recently-accessioned objects in museum collections spend years in storage before they goes on display. “Show and Tell,” offers guests to see new additions to the State Museum’s collection sooner rather than later! The exhibition is presented in English and Spanish, and features objects from all four of the museum’s major disciplines: Cultural History, Art, Science and Technology, and Natural History. Learn more and get tickets today.

Show and Tell Exhibit EntranceShow and Tell: Adquisiciones recientes del Museo Estatal
Now Open
¿Sabían que…? Muchos objetos recientemente adquiridos que forman parte de las colecciones del museo pasan años en almacenamiento antes de exhibirse. ¡“Show and Tell” permite a los visitantes ver las nuevas adiciones a la colección del Museo Estatal sin esperar tanto tiempo! La exhibición se presenta en inglés y español e incluye objetos de las cuatro principales disciplinas del museo: Historia cultural, Arte, Ciencia y tecnología e Historia natural. ¡Lee más y adquiere tus boletos hoy!

Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound
New Exhibit
This new, bilingual exhibition engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and animals hear sound, examine the psychology behind how sound can affect our emotions and evoke nostalgia, learn about the process of making instruments and more. Learn more and get tickets today.

Haz un poco de ruido: La ciencia del sonido
Nueva exposición
Los invitados podrán explorar la forma en que viaja el sonido, descubrir cómo escuchan los sonidos tanto humanos como animales, examinar la psicología detrás de la manera en que el sonido puede afectar nuestras emociones y provocar nostalgia, aprender sobre el proceso de fabricación de instrumentos y más. ¡Lee más y adquiere tus boletos hoy!

Community Gallery

Doing Our Part: Producing Supplies to Fight COVID-19
Now Open
This mini display in the museum’s Community Gallery highlights the ways in which businesses, universities, and volunteers in South Carolina have joined in to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). From face masks and sanitizing solution to innovations in 3D printing, South Carolinians have found numerous ways to answer this call.

Virtual Exhibits

Women in Politics 360 Virtual Exhibit Title Graphic 3A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics – A Virtual 360 Exhibit – NEW!
From tribal women leaders, to our first female Governor, this exhibit utilizes objects, images and stories to explore how women engaged with the political history of our state. Click HERE to explore.

Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Click HERE to explore.

South Carolina and Reconstruction
The years following the Civil War were a time of great upheaval. After the bloodiest war in American history, the country was redefining itself. This exhibit uses artifacts from the time period to examine the devastation of the war, changes in labor, society, and the law. Click HERE to explore.