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UPDATE

Face coverings are now required for guests aged 5 and above per City of Columbia and Richland County Emergency Ordinances.


I Heart + SC State Museum Teacher Spotlight
The South Carolina State Museum is excited to be partnering with iHeart Media to spotlight teachers throughout the month of October! Click HERE to learn more.


Hours of Operation

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

* Observatory closed on Sundays

Admission Options

Please note: the museum will be managing our daily capacity in the galleries and planetarium to better meet social distancing needs. Advance online ticket purchases are highly encouraged, especially if you wish to see planetarium and/or 4D shows. Members and guests who do not purchase tickets or submit a Member RSVP in advance may have to wait to enter the museum if the building is at its capacity limit.

** When purchasing tickets, you will be asked to select a time and date for your visit. The hourly timeframe you choose indicates when you plan to arrive at the museum only. You are welcome to enjoy the museum as long as you like after you arrive while we are open. **


New Planetarium Experience – MARS 1001

MARS 1001 is a visually beautiful show that brings the reality of Mars exploration to audiences. It follows the fictional tale of space reporter Miles O’Brien, who guides guests through a daring 1000-day mission to fly an international crew to the red planet and return them safely to Earth.

Click HERE for showtimes.


General Public Admission

General Admission

Includes entry to 4 floors of permanent and changing exhibits.

Adult $8.95
Senior (Ages 62 +) $7.95
Children (ages 3-12) $6.95

 

BUY TICKETS

With ONE Show Add-On

Gen. admission + ONE planetarium or 4D
show.

Adult $13.95
Senior (Ages 62 +) $12.95
Children (ages 3-12) $11.95

 

BUY TICKETS

With TWO Show Add-Ons

Gen. admission + TWO planetarium and/or 4D shows.

Adult $16.95
Senior (Ages 62 +) $15.95
Children (ages 3-12) $14.95

 

BUY TICKETS

 

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.

Click here to learn more.


Museum Member Admission

Members, please RSVP for the day and time you intend to visit. If you wish to see planetarium and/or 4D shows, you can select the time you wish to attend and then either use your comp attraction tickets or purchase add-on tickets when you arrive.

Museum members receive FREE general admission and more all year long! Not a member? Learn more and join today.

Member Gen. Admission RSVP

Includes entry into 4 floors of permanent and changing exhibits.                                                               

Member Adult FREE
Member Senior (Ages 62 +) FREE
Member Children (ages 3-12) FREE

 

GENERAL ADMISSION
RSVP

Member ONE Planetarium or 4D Show RSVP

Reminder, members will need to use their comp attraction tickets or purchase member tickets when checking in.

Adult $4
Senior (Ages 62 +) $4
Children (ages 3-12) $4

 

PLANETARIUM SHOW
RSVP

Member TWO Planetarium and/or 4D Shows RSVP

Reminder, members will need to use their comp attraction tickets or purchase member tickets when checking in.

Adult $7
Senior (Ages 62 +) $7
Children (ages 3-12) $7

 

PLANETARIUM SHOWS
RSVP

 


Guest Rules

As Covid-19 social distancing and face cover related guidance continues to be updated by the State of South Carolina (from the Governor’s Executive Orders, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and AccelerateSC), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Museum will update our policies accordingly.

Museum guests are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.

Face coverings can help reduce pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 from spreading the virus. Since re-opening, State Museum staff have been required to wear face coverings.

The museum also asks visiting guests and members to:

  • Adhere to social distancing by placing at least 6ft of space between your group and other visitors

  • Stay home if you feel unwell, especially if running a fever

  • Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently

  • Contact the museum before your visit with questions, concerns or if you need individual assistance. Call 803.898.4999 or email webmaster@scmuseum.org

Museum Safety
Following guidelines provided by AccelerateSC and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the State Museum will be implementing the following measures:

  • Some areas, exhibits and attractions may remain temporarily closed or include limited features during this time.

  • Museum capacity managed on a daily basis

  • Museum staff will wear face coverings

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum

  • Reduced capacity in the planetarium and 4D theater

  • Signage to encourage hand-washing and social distancing among guests

  • Regular cleaning of public and hands-on areas