South Carolina State Museum. Columbia, South Carolina, Museum, Attraction, Planetarium, Observatory, 4D Theater, Exhibitions


Visit today and explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibitions, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.

Museum Hours

Open today from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Plan Your Visit

See What Your State Museum Has to Offer

The museum features four floors of permanent and changing exhibitions exploring the history, art, natural history and science and technology of South Carolina. As the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, guests are invited to visit our extensive galleries to immerse themselves in the story of the Palmetto State from pre-history to the modern day.

In addition to engaging exhibitions, the State Museum also offers visitors opportunities to be amazed and enthralled with special experiences in the 55ft digital dome BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium, the Boeing Observatory and the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Interactive Theater.

Know Before You Go

Discover the museum's mission and vision statement, meet our current team members, and more.
The State Museum is committed to providing accessible and inclusive guest experiences.
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Field Trips - FREE for SC Students!

Educators, did you know South Carolina students receive free general admission to State Museum? Plan a field trip today and bring learning to life for your class!

Field Trips at SCSM

Plan Your Museum Experience

Have a group of 10 or more planning to visit the museum? Book a group visit and receive discounted tickets rates.
The Cotton Mill Exchange offers a variety of unique items from beautiful linens and jewelry to decorative items for your home or office, gourmet food...
Operated by The Food Academy, the cafe is the perfect place to grab a delicious bite to eat or a quick snack when you visit the museum.
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Museums for All

The State Museum is a participating organization with Museums for All, which offers discounted general admission to guests receiving SNAP, EBT, WIC and / or Medicaid benefits.

Learn More About Museums for All