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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

Early American Face Vessels from the George H. Meyer Collection
Now Open
George H. Meyer’s collection of over 100 early American face vessels provides us with the rare opportunity to see the tradition unfold in regions east of the Mississippi River and Texas, from the 1820s to 1940, including 20 early face vessels from South Carolina. Click HERE to learn more.


The Graphic Eye: South Carolina and the Intersection of Art and Design
Now Open
From mass-produced media of the late 19th century to the concert posters of today, this exhibit explores South Carolina’s strong and diverse connection to the graphic arts. Included in the show are prints, posters, commercial art and advertisements and more. Click HERE to learn more.


Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon Apollo 50 Journey to the Moon
Now Open
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 learn more.


Grand Designs: 19th Century South Carolina FurnitureGrand Designs: 19th Century South Carolina Furniture, Exhibit, South Carolina State Museum
Now Open
Become a furniture detective in this new exhibit showcasing 19th century South Carolina furniture from the museum’s collection, some on display for the first time. Peek into the past lives of south Carolinians and how they lived based on the pieces they purchased. Click HERE to learn more.


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.