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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.

Art Day





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


Planetarium Show Schedule
4D Show Schedule




Second Shift TwosdaysSecond_Shift_Moon
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.




First Citizens First SundayMars Rover Gallery
Sun., March 1 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.




Fri., March 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Aspiring student artists and parents are invited to explore South Carolina colleges and university art departments during College Art Day at the South Carolina State Museum. Meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying their art degrees in their professions. To sign up, call (803) 898-4999 or email




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Sat., March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
South Carolina art and artists will be featured with an exceptional day of activities for everyone at Art Day at the South Carolina State Museum. Guests will enjoy hands-on art activities, demonstrations by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas and the new art exhibit, Halsey 100. Click HERE to learn more.




South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, Show and SaleMuzzleloader Conference
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.




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The State Museum offers a variety of programs throughout the year with our annual signature events.



Museum Road ShowMuseum 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 Showtoysoldiershow
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’ Partyfalllogowcopy_611x1000
Sept. 2015 
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 TreatsTT2014
Oct. 2015
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!





Dec. 2015
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.





Want to see MORE upcoming events? Click HERE to see a full calendar!