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Special Offer! Free Kids (3-12) General Admission Dec. 26 – Jan. 3

Museum Hours

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

Museum closed Dec. 24 – 25

Due to gallery and theater capacity limits, advance purchase is strongly encouraged.

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Special Offer! Enjoy Holiday Fun at the State Museum

Sat., Dec. 26 – Sun., Jan. 3, 2021 (Museum Closed Mon., Dec. 28)

SPECIAL OFFER for the holiday week: kids (aged 3-12) get FREE general admission!*

The State Museum is OPEN for holiday fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, when you visit, enjoy exciting planetarium experiences and more.

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.

*Discount not valid in combination with other offers or coupons. Max of 6 free kids allowed per group and/or transaction.

Holiday Fun in 4-D!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D – NEW!
Runs through Sun., Jan. 3, 2021
This new holiday experience uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant experience true to the story that has charmed audiences for generations. Join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf and their friends on this epic adventure. Run time: 10 mins.

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More Museum Holiday Fun

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Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon

Now Open
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents an exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Guests can also learn about Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke! Click HERE to learn more.


Early American Face VesselsFace Vessel c 1840 to 1850 by Landrum Pottery in Horse Creek SC

Now Open
George H. Meyer’s collection of over 100 early American face vessels provides us with the rare opportunity to see the tradition unfold in regions east of the Mississippi River and Texas, from the 1820s to 1940, including 20 early face vessels from South Carolina. Click HERE to learn more.


Space Gallery

Now Open
Explore the museum’s newly renovated 3rd floor Space Gallery featuring displays on out-of-this world meteorites, an interactive Magic Planet globe that will take you across our solar system and more.


Dinosaur Gallery

Now Open
Travel millions of years into our ancient past when you explore the museum’s dinosaur and Natural History exhibits. See fossils and life-like recreations of the animals that once called South Carolina home so long ago. Make sure to meet Finn, our giant megalodon shark!