Observatory Terrace

Observatory Terrace

Perfect location for exclusive events featuring a historic telescope and a terrace looking over Gervais St. and The Vista.

Located on the 4th floor, the Boeing Observatory houses a 1926 Alvan Clark refracting telescope, offering a unique, intimate event space. With an adjoining terrace that overlooks Columbia’s skyline and the Congaree River, the observatory and terrace are elegant options for small dinners and receptions.

Our museum special events team is ready to help make your event memorable. Submit a Reservation Request Form below to book your date or send us an email to set up an appointment to see our spaces.

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Phone: 803.898.4901

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Observatory & Terrace Information

Special Features


Terrace overlook with views of the Congaree River and Columbia’s Vista district

Located next to the antique telescope gallery

Original mill hardwood floor


Space Details


Availability: Evening

Size: 1,400 sq. ft.

Capacity: 40 seated; 80 reception

Rental Reservation Request

Thank you for your interest in hosting an event at the South Carolina State Museum. Please Note: Completion of this form does not guarantee a reservation. Allow 1-2 business days for a response from an events staff representative to reply. Business hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with tours offered by appointment only.