Santa Clause in front of Finn the Shark

Holidays at the South Carolina State Museum

Visit with family and friends this holiday season for special shows, exciting exhibitions and more.

Museum Hours

Open today from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Plan Your Visit

4D Theater and Planetarium Holiday Shows

4D Theater
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D returns to the State Museum for holidays! Experience this holiday classic like never before with immersive effects...
Planetarium
Explore the beauty of the Northern Lights in Áróra, a digital dome planetarium experience. This immersive cinematic journey takes guests across remote...
Man in red suit and cap with white trim and fluffy white beard stands and waves with a large replica shark visible behind him

Santa Saturday

Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Visit the museum and meet Santa Claus on these special days! Plus, see a holiday show, shop in the museum store and more.

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More Holiday Fun

4D Theater
Sat., Dec. 9 | 9 - 11 a.m. Meet Santa and more during this special morning designed for guests who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience.
Family & Kids
Sat., Dec. 23 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet Santa, enjoy holiday shows and more at the South Carolina State Museum this season!
Family & Kids
Fri., Dec. 15 | 6 - 9 p.m. State Museum members are invited to an exclusive holiday PJ party, sponsored by Cool Care!
The Holy Bible

Shop SC Themed Gifts

Visit the museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange, and discover locally made SC themed gifts for friends and family.

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Current Changing Exhibitions

Highlighting the 180,000 South Carolinians who served in World War II, this exhibition explores the powerful stories of the men and women who...
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible
Explore the history behind South Carolina astronaut Charles Duke's Apollo 16 lunar mission and learn about scientists and engineers who have...
Suitable for All Ages
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible
Make Some Noise: the Science of Sound engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and...
Suitable for All Ages
Included with Admission
Wheelchair Accessible