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Spring Break Special Offer! Free Kids General Admission April 3 – 11

Spring Break Museum Hours

Sat., April 3: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun., April 4: CLOSED for EASTER
Mon. – Sat., April 5 – 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun., April 11: Noon – 5 p.m.

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

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Special Offer! Enjoy Spring Break Fun at the State Museum

Sat., April 3 – April 11, 2021 (Museum Closed Sun., April 4)

SPECIAL OFFER for Spring Break: kids (aged 12 and under) get FREE general admission!*

The State Museum is OPEN for Spring Break fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW exhibit, Make Some Noise: the Science of Sound, 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 City of Columbia Ordinance No: 2021-008, , guests aged 11 and above are required to wear a face covering.

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

New Exhibit

Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound
Now Open
This new, bilingual exhibition engages guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound! Explore the way sound travels, how humans and animals hear sound, examine the psychology behind how sound can affect our emotions and evoke nostalgia, learn about the process of making instruments and more.

Haz un poco de ruido: La ciencia del sonido
Nueva exposición
Los invitados podrán explorar la forma en que viaja el sonido, descubrir cómo escuchan los sonidos tanto humanos como animales, examinar la psicología detrás de la manera en que el sonido puede afectar nuestras emociones y provocar nostalgia, aprender sobre el proceso de fabricación de instrumentos y más.

More Spring Break Fun

Reminder: Due to capacity limits, advance online ticket purchases are highly encouraged, especially if you wish to see a planetarium show.

More to Explore

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!