The South Carolina State Museum has over 70,000 objects and documents within their permanent collection. Although only a select number of objects from the Museum’s permanent collection are showcased at any given time, the Museum has a display of iconic objects from their collection that is displayed at the front of the main lobby.
South Carolina Art showcases how art has contributed to South Carolina’s cultural and historical significance. A wide variety of artists and mediums are showcased in the Museum’s collection, from decorative arts to traditional portraits, and even recent modern art.
History is the Museum’s largest concentration, and tells the story of South Carolina’s history.
Natural History captures the biology, geology, and paleontology history within South Carolina. Some of the artifacts within this collection date back to over 500 million years ago.
Science and Technology features a diverse collection of tools, media innovations, and transportation. Each display showcases how the technological and scientific industries have been important in South Carolina’s history.
Boeing Observatory is a 2,500 square foot facility built with a historical 1926 Alvan Clark telescope and a designated area for outdoor viewing.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium is a 55 foot dome that allows visitors to explore a variety of entertaining and educational programs from one of the 145 available seats.
Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Interactive Theater allows visitors to experience a 3D educational and entertaining film, with the added dimension of physical experiences. Within the theater, guests can expect to feel vibrations, different weather and environmental conditions, and smell different scents. South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC - Photo: South Carolina State Museum
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