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Museum News

New Scoob! 4D Show This October & More

November 04, 2022

The South Carolina State Museum is excited to announce a month of exciting Halloween shows and events this October!

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The Jack O’ Planetarium will light up each night throughout the month of October.


Happening This October:

1. New Limited Run show SCOOB! 4D Experience – Showing in October Only! 

Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne characters stand against a cloudy sky

This new show is filled with in-seat and environmental effects that make the show a special experience for the whole family. See Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne in this all-new action-packed, funny, and exciting adventure. The lifelong friends face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever when they learn of a plot to unleash a wild beast from a prehistoric underworld. The crime-busting crew bands together and rallies other friends to help. Amidst the chaos caused by terrorizing robots and a power-hungry villain, they discover more about Scooby’s past and his secret legacy. With all-new 3D animation and special effects to illuminate the on-screen action, this may be the Mystery Machine’s wildest adventure yet!  


SCOOB! and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22) 


2. Dark History Tours

Circular emblem reading "South Carolina State Museum Dark History Tour" in glowing text on a dark wooden background.

Get ready for a special kind of history tour! The State Museum’s is offering a “Dark History Tour” exploring a variety of infamous and legendary tales throughout South Carolina’s history. Discover the true story of Columbia’s catacombs, a series of mysterious tunnels that were built to hide anything from politicians to Confederate gold. Hear stories from Gullah Geechee folklore that are sure to chill you to the bone, and learn about the path General Sherman took during his march through Columbia.

Guests may take an educator led guided tour experience at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each Saturday in October (capacity is limited). A self-guided experience is also available every day with panels at each ‘stop’ and even a few multi media components available through scanning QR codes on your mobile device.

Suitable for ages 12 and up, this tour is sure to complement your museum visit this Halloween!

Tours are included with museum general admission.



3. Accessibility Morning – Oct. 8 | 9 – 11 a.m.


This special monthly program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, and young adults who would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience and quieter setting at the museum. Guests who are neurodiverse, autistic, or have other disabilities can experience the museum’s exhibitions at their own pace and enjoy other special activities.

On Oct. 8, participants are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating with our community partners.



4. Spooky Saturdays – October 22 & 29 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A ghost next to the text Spooky Saturday

Halloween fun returns to the State Museum! Kids aged 3-12 are welcome to wear their favorite spooky costume, explore four floors of exhibitions and enjoy museum fun including showings of Scoob! 4D and HalloScream Laser Lights. Exhibition access and tours are included with museum general admission or membership. Planetarium and 4D shows require an additional charge.


5. Fright Night Laser Lights – Laser Stranger Things | Fri., Oct. 28 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Fright Night Laser Lights returns for a special Halloween show that is sure to turn your world Upside Down! You are invited to experience Laser Stranger Things and see the music from the popular Netflix series set to a stunning display of lasers inside the museum’s 55-foot digital dome planetarium. Enjoy  spooky synth soundscapes and iconic ‘80s tunes visualized in vibrant laser lights.  

In addition to the laser light shows, the museum will offer its “Dark History Tours” between shows to further put guests in the Halloween mood. This special nighttime event will also feature a local food truck and a cash bar with a selection of Columbia Craft Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $10 per show for the general public and $8 per show for museum members. 


Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.