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South Carolina State Museum. Columbia, South Carolina, Museum, Attraction, Planetarium, Observatory, 4D Theater, Exhibitions

Revised Hours of Operation

Sun: 12 to 5 p.m.


Tues. – Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

State Museum Now Open – Important Information

The South Carolina State Museum is now open with new hours and reduced admission. The museum has been diligently planning for a phased reopening process by cleaning our facility, training staff and preparing the building for our guests in order to follow guidelines developed by the American Alliance of Museums, AccelerateSC and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

For those not ready or able to visit, the museum will continue to offer a variety of virtual programs and content.

Museum Safety and Guest Expectations

Guest Rules
Per the City of Columbia’s Emergency Ordinance, all guests ages 10 and up are required to wear a face covering during their visit. The museum also asks visiting guests and members to:

  • Adhere to social distancing by placing at least 6ft of space between your group and other visitors

  • Stay home if you feel unwell, especially if running a fever

  • Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently

  • Contact the museum before your visit with questions, concerns or if you need individual assistance. Call 803.898.4999 or email

Museum Safety
Following guidelines provided by AccelerateSC and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the State Museum will be implementing the following measures:

  • Some areas, exhibits and attractions may remain temporarily closed or include limited features during this time.

  • Museum capacity managed on an hourly basis

  • Museum staff will wear face coverings

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum

  • Reduced capacity in the planetarium and blockbuster exhibition

  • Signage to encourage hand-washing and social distancing among guests

  • Regular cleaning of public and hands-on areas


ADULT GENERAL ADMISSION: $8.95 general public / FREE for members
ADULT SHERLOCK BLOCKBUSTER ADD-ON: $17.95 general public / $7 museum members
ADULT PLANETARIUM SHOW ADD-ON: $13.95 general public / $4 museum members

Click HERE to see more admission information and buy tickets

Please note: the museum will be managing our hourly capacity to better meet social distancing needs. Advance online ticket purchases are highly encouraged.