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Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space


This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95
Seniors (62 +): $7.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Infants 2 and under: FREE

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Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space

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50 years ago this year, NASA’s Apollo 16 mission brought South Carolinian Charles Duke to the Moon. On April 27, 1972, Duke, who was raised in Lancaster, became the youngest person to step on the Moon- a record which still stands today.

To mark this milestone anniversary, the museum is opening Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space, about the mission, Charlie Duke, and other South Carolinians who have made contributions to space exploration. In addition to many Apollo 16 objects, the exhibition will also display items typically kept in museum collections storage. This will include a flight suit Duke wore while training for the mission as well as memorabilia from Lancaster’s “Charlie Duke Day” following the astronaut’s return to Earth.

In addition to these special objects, the exhibition will also highlight South Carolina scientists and engineers who have contributed to the field of aerospace research and exploration. Looking beyond the Palmetto State, guests will have the chance to learn more about the people who made important contributions to NASA and the Apollo program, despite social hurdles of their time.

Mission Updates

Collections Behind-the-Scenes

Science and technology curator, Meredith Nichols, takes you into museum storage for a closer look at Apollo 16 artifacts.

Exhibition Behind-the-Scenes

Exhibition team member Jeremy Burt is preparing our lunar rover model for the new exhibition!

Q&A with SC Astronaut, Charles Duke

Click HERE to learn more about SC astronaut Charles Duke and his time in the Apollo space program!


Apollo 16 Commemorative Print by the Half & Half

Now Available for purchase in the Cotton Mill Exchange and online!

This limited edition print was designed by award-winning printmaking studio The Half & Half in Columbia, SC. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 16 Lunar Mission and South Carolinian Charles Duke’s historic walk on the Moon – and it glows in the dark. Size: 18″ x 24″.

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