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The South Carolina State Museum hosts a wide range of fun and fascinating events and programs throughout the year. There is always something new to see and do on every visit.



The State Museum offers daily planetarium and 4D theater showings.


Planetarium Show Schedule

4D Show Schedule



Fall Featured Events:



Second Shift Twosdays2ndShift

Every Tuesday from 5 – 8 p.m.


The museum is open late every Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Second Shift Twosdays. Every Tuesday evening there will be something special offered, which may include programs, planetarium shows, 4D movies, night observing, exhibit previews, special discounts and more.  The entire museum will also stay open during these extended Tuesday evenings.  Second Shift Twosdays are included with membership or general admission. Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional price.
Guests can also explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology!  There is an additional fee to see the laser light shows, 4D theater shows and for admission to the blockbuster exhibit, Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time.


Click HERE to learn more.





Growl at the MoonGrowl at the Moon

Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.
This after hours Halloween party features an evening of lunar observing, laser light shows, art, live music, food, a custom beer growler to take home and more. It’s a chance to look at the moon from the museum’s new observatory and sit back and enjoy an entrancing laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd in Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon. Be sure to channel the Halloween spirit and come dressed up – werewolf and other costumes are highly encouraged.


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Museum Garage Sale

Sat., Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon
MEMBERS ONLY HOUR: 8 to 9 a.m.
The Museum Garage Sale is back! There will be a variety of fun and unusual props and graphics from previous exhibits for sale, including Tutankhamun: Return of the King and Secrets of the Maya. There will also be framed panels from traveling exhibits, as well as office supplies, furniture and more.
Please note: There are no artifacts in the garage sale. All items in the sale are props and were produced to enhance exhibits.
Click HERE to learn more.




Planets for the People: Sidewalk Astronomy

Sat., Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House in Columbia
Explore the evening sky with State Museum staff and members of the Midlands Astronomy Club! You’ll be able to look through a telescope to observe the moon and more. PLEASE NOTE: this event is not located at the State Museum.
FREE and open to the public. Click HERE to learn more.



First Citizens First SundayFCFirstSunday_Logo

Sun., Nov. 2 from 12 to 5 p.m.
General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is only $1 for guests on First Citizens First Sunday!
Included in general admission, guests can explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the brand new observatory and the new Robert B. Arial Collection of Historical Astronomy located on the fourth floor.
For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the blockbuster exhibit, Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time.


Click HERE to learn more.



Member Appreciation Night in the PlanetariumMemberCard2014

Fri., Nov. 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. 
The museum is hosting a Member Appreciation Night in the Planetarium, in which all embers will enjoy a FREE sneak peak showing of Violent Universe, a popular planetarium show that will begin playing to the public in the spring 2015. Members will receive an extra discount to shop in the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store and can bring a buddy (non-member) for only $5. Hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks will be available for $1 each.
Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!




Merry Mondays in the Cotton Mill ExchangeCME logo 250x145

Every Monday in December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy special holiday music and gourmet South Carolina-made food samplings while you shop at the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store on Merry Mondays in December. The store is the perfect South Carolina gift destination and carries several local gourmet products made in South Carolina, including coffees, teas, grits, cookies, candies, BBQ sauces, jams and more. Store purchases of $50 or more during “Merry Mondays” will include complementary gift wrapping. The store is open during normal museum hours. Museum admission is not required to shop in the store.


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Dec. 20, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015
The museum is celebrating the holiday season with two-weeks of exciting activities and programs. Different activities will take place each day during WinterFest.


Click HERE to learn more.