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OZtober at the State Museum

Museum Hours

Tues. – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.
Mon: Closed

Activities are included with museum general admission. Shows require an additional charge.

Ticket Information

OZtober at the State Museum

Oct. 1 – 31

The State Museum’s popular Halloween tradition returns with health and safety precautions in place! Enjoy a month of OZ themed Halloween fun with family and friends – on site and online.

Travel to Oz with daily showings of, The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ and enjoy special OZ themed fun on select weekends all month long.

For health and safety the museum is managing gallery and theater capacity, requiring social distancing, and has increased cleaning frequency. Per Gov. McMaster’s executive order, guests aged 3 and above are required to wear a face covering while visiting state buildings.


OZtober Fun Includes:

Featured 4D Show

Wizard of Oz 4D Experience

The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™

Oct. 1 – 31st
Newly restored in digital 3-D with added special effects, be swept along with Dorothy™ as a powerful tornado transports you on an unforgettable adventure. Run time: 16 mins.

Showtimes and Tickets

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements © & ™
Turner Entertainment Co. (s20)


Planetarium Experiences

Skies Over Oz, planetarium

Skies Over Oz

Oct. 1 – 31st
Enjoy tales of epic adventure in Oz told as a constellation myth, using imagined patterns of stars in the night sky. We’ll also take a quick look at the current night sky from here at home in Columbia. Run time: 30 mins.

Halloscream Laser Lights

Oct. 1 – 31st
Experience a thrilling family-fun laser light show in the planetarium featuring Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and more. Run time: 30 mins.

Showtimes and Tickets


Special Events




South Carolina State Museum, halloween, planetarium





Growl at the Moon, Halloween, Columbia

Saturday in OZ
Sat., Oct. 3 and Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Guests are invited kick-off a month of OZ fun with a special day featuring showings of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience, take-home activity kits for kids, a selfie station, OZ trivia and more. Click HERE for more information.

Pumpkin Planetarium Lighting
Sat., Oct. 3 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.
OZtober kick-off fun will continue into the evening as the museum stays open late with extra 4D and planetarium show times, take-home activities and the annual lighting of the museum’s Jack-O-Planetarium. Click HERE for more information.

Member Early Bird Shows
Sat., Oct. 10 from 9 – 10 a.m.
The museum will open early from museum members to enjoy exclusive screenings of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™! Special member exclusive take-home activities will also be available. Members must click HERE to RSVP in advance. Not a member? Join today!

Virtual Crafty Jammies Night
Tues., Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Join the museum (virtually!) on the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a very special bedtime story and craft time with some of our favorite literary characters! This month our special guest will be the Madeline. Registration is required and capacity is limited. Click here to learn more and register.

Virtual Trivia Night – Spooky SC!
Tues., Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
South Carolina is rich in myths and legends from the mountains to the sea. Virtual guests are invited to test their knowledge of ghostly tales and join museum staff in a special Halloween themed version of this popular weekly virtual trivia program. Registration is required and capacity is limited. Click here to learn more and register.

Growl at the Moon Laser Night
Fri., Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
This popular adult Halloween event returns for socially distant fun! Enjoy a Dark Side of the Moon laser experience in the museum’s 55ft digital dome planetarium, delicious food for purchase from a local food truck, a cash bar, live music and more. Click HERE for more information and to get tickets.

Saturdays in OZ
Sat., Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Guests are invited to enjoy a special day featuring showings of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience, take-home activity kits for kids, a selfie station, OZ trivia and more. Click HERE for more information.