4D Theater, South Carolina State Museum, Snow, Open For Fun
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November Happenings at the State Museum

4D Theater, South Carolina State Museum, Snow, Open For Fun

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D returns to light up the South Carolina State Museum this holiday season! The museum is the perfect place to visit and enjoy holiday shows, events, exhibitions and special shopping opportunities in the museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange. Plus, the museum will offer 50% off kids (3-12) general admission on Saturdays from Thanksgiving through Christmas (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17).

Showing Nov. 19, 2022 through Jan. 1, 2023 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer4-D features the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic. The 10-minute show delivers a visually brilliant, high definition 3-D experience with interactive effects such as seat vibration – and even snow! When young Rudolph is teased for his red nose and runs away from Christmastown, he sets off on a series of adventures, meets new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way, and escapes the clutches of the Abominable Snow Monster. 

The museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange, will be the perfect place to find locally produced gifts for the upcoming holidays. From soaps and bath bombs made in Greer, SC to coffee and tea produced in Charleston, hand-made ceramics, and variety of items decorated with the state's Palmetto and Crescent shoppers can find truly unique presents for friends and family this year. The store will also offer museum members a chance to save on purchases during Member Discount Day on Sat., Nov. 19.

Plus, guests are invited to explore the museum after-hours during the Holiday Planetarium Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. This evening will include holiday shows in the 4d theater and planetarium, extra shopping time in the Cotton Mill Exchange, free hot chocolate from the museum’s Crescent Café and more. At the end of the evening, the museum will officially ‘light’ the planetarium dome for the holiday with the help of our partners at Ambient Media: Event Lighting, Sound and Displays. The dome will light up every night after dark throughout December. 

Full List of November Shows, Events and Exhibitions

Events and exhibitions are included with museum general admission or membership. Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional charge. 

Holiday Shows: 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D (Nov. 19, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023):

Guests can enjoy the classic stop-motion animated story that has charmed audiences for generations with added 3D visuals and interactive effects. Join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf and their friends on this epic adventure. This 10-minute 4D experience will be showing daily in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr 4D Theater. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer © & ® or ™ The Rudolph Co., L.P. All elements under license to Character Arts, LLC. All rights reserved. 

Winter Stars Live Sky Experience (Nov. 19, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023):

Experience the splendor and wonder of the numerous stars, planets and other celestial objects that can be seen in the winter sky within the comfort of the museum’s 55-foot digital dome planetarium. See stunning constellations, such as Orion and Canis Major, travel to Jupiter and Saturn, and much more during this special limited-run planetarium experience.


Accessibility Morning - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sat., Nov. 12 from 9 - 11 a.m:

This 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.

Member Discount Days, Sat., Nov. 19:

Members can enjoy an extra 10% off purchases, for a total of 20% off, in the museum store, The Cotton Mill Exchange. 

Holiday Planetarium Lighting, Thurs., Dec. 1 from 5 – 7 p.m:

The museum will offer extended hours with evening 4-D and planetarium showtimes, as extra shopping time in the Cotton Mill Exchange, craft activity, free hot chocolate and more. At the end of the evening, guests will be invited outside to enjoy the “lighting” of the 55ft planetarium dome as it transforms into a giant snow globe. 

Museum general admission is $8.95 for adults, $7.95 for Seniors and $6.95 for children (ages 3-12). Planetarium experiences and 4-D shows are an additional charge. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and is closed on Monday.