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.
Second Shift Twosdays
Every Tuesday from 5 – 8 p.m.
The museum is open late every Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Second Shift Twosdays. Explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, special planetarium shows, 4D Theater films, evening viewing in the Observatory and more. Click HERE to learn more.
SPRING SAVINGS at the SC State Museum
Offer Expires April 30
Get your Spring Savings Pass so you can explore it all on your next visit to the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia! Enjoy four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a 55ft digital dome planetarium, 4D Theater, state-of-the-art Observatory and more – all for a special price of $16 per child, $17 per senior and $18 per adult!. Click HERE to learn more.
South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, Show and Sale
April 10 – 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The South Carolina State Museum presents the inaugural South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, featuring displays and sessions about 19th century muzzleloaders, gun building, metal etching, relief carving and silver inlay, decorating hawks, bags, straps, tanning leather, powder horn decorating, history of muzzleloading guns in the Southeast, gun safety and much more. The event is included with museum general admission or membership. Click HERE to learn more.
Clay Rice Silhouette Cutting
April 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Award winning artist and children’s book author Clay Rice will be at the South Carolina State Museum for silhouette cutting portrait sessions. Click HERE to learn more.
Happy Hubble 25
April 24 from 5 – 10 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope! Over the course of the last 25 years the Hubble has opened the eyes of the public to the vast beauty and deep mysteries of the universe. The family-friendly event will honor the Hubble’s contributions to science and will feature live streaming from the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, sidewalk astronomy, evening observing, hands-on activities and more.
Thurs. April 30 from 7 – 11 p.m.
Celebrate the convergence of science and music with a special evening featuring: A special live music performance choreographed to celestial images projected on the planetarium dome, performances by South Carolina Philharmonic, showings of the 1902 short silent film A Trip to the Moon and more. Click HERE to learn more and get ticket information.
Festival Cinco de Mayo
Sun., May 3 from 12 to 5 p.m.
The State Museum is partnering with Hispanic Connections to celebrate Hispanic heritage and pride by hosting Festival Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy a family fiesta featuring an unbreakable Piñata, crafts, games, a Spanish puppet show, art, dance, live music, beer and authentic Latin American cuisine. The event is included with membership or general admission.
First Citizens First Sunday
Sun., May 3 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 four floors of permanent and changing exhibits. Blockbuster exhibit admission, Planetarium and 4D Theater shows are an additional price. Click HERE to learn more.
Can You Dig It? Book Release Party
Sat., May 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join eight-year-old Olivia McConnell at the release of her new children’s book, Can You Dig It? The book tells the story of how Olivia, a third-grader from New Zion, S.C., was able to successfully get South Carolina lawmakers to adopt the Columbian mammoth as the state’s official fossil. Refreshments will be available and Olivia will be onsite discussing and signing copies of her book, which will be available for sale.
Silver in the Garden
Sat., June 13 and Sun., June 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Dawn Corley, known as the “Charleston Silver Lady,” will lead two garden-themed silver programs at the museum. The program will feature five exquisite tabletops, including superb garden and floral-themed pieces, from Corley’s extensive collection of silver, porcelain and china. Decadent refreshments and a special bourbon punch will be served. Click HERE to learn more and get ticket information.
The State Museum offers a variety of programs throughout the year with our annual signature events.
Museum Road Show
Sat., July 11
Have you ever wondered if those items you found at the local flea market, antique shop, tag sale, or even in your basement and attic were actually worth something? Whether it’s an heirloom, antique or artifact, local experts will be onsite in a variety of fields to offer informal verbal appraisals at the Museum Road Show.
Southeastern Toy Soldier Show
Sat., Aug. 8
Exquisitely detailed military miniature figures or the little plastic G.I. Joes from your childhood, they’re all here at the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show. See, buy, or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history and enjoy special museum programs presented during the day.
Fall Festival & Pickin’ Party
The South Carolina State Museum is kicks off the fall season with this annual event featuring South Carolina barbecue, live music, artist demonstrations and lots more!
Tricks and Treats
The museum’s annual Halloween tradition is back for lots of family fun! Featuring activities like: games and prizes, scavenger hunt, crafts, special shows and more!
The State Museum is officially kicks-off each holiday season with an annual WinterFest celebration featuring great shopping, holiday shows and family-friendly events and activities taking place throughout the month of December.