Main Lobby

Main Lobby

Make your event memorable

Host weddings, receptions, evening events and more in this historic space with modern accents.

The expansive Main Lobby at the South Carolina State Museum embodies the facility’s original mill character through exposed bricks and ceilings, a beautiful wooden grand staircase that leads to the Mezzanine, and an admissions desk designed to resemble a vintage textile machine. The lobby also features a unique piece of South Carolina artwork - an iron gate created by Philip Simmons.

This versatile space is a popular option for evening events like weddings, receptions, and holiday parties. Have a large guest list? Consider adding the Mezzanine to your rental which is just above the Main Lobby.

Our museum special events team is ready to help make your event memorable. Submit an Information Request to find out about our availability and current pricing, or how to set up a tour.

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Phone: 803.898.4901

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Main Lobby Information

Special Features


Expansive floor plan with many design options

Grand staircase and iconic telescope legs

Iconic artifacts including the Philip Simmons Gate


Space Details


Availability - Evening Only

Size - 13,000 sq. ft

Capacity- 300 seated; 1000 reception (All capacities may vary based on desired event layout)

Rental Information Request

Thank you for your interest in hosting an event at the South Carolina State Museum. Please Note: Completion of this form does not guarantee a reservation. Allow 1-2 business days for a response from an events staff representative to reply. Business hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with tours offered by appointment only.