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 a Reservation Request Form below to book your date or send us an email to set up an appointment to see our spaces.
Main Lobby Information
Expansive floor plan with many design options
Grand staircase and iconic telescope legs
Iconic artifacts including the Philip Simmons Gate
Availability - Evening Only
Size - 13,000 sq. ft
Capacity- 500 seated; 1,300 reception
Rental Reservation 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.