South Carolina State Museum to welcome guests back, Tuesday, June 2

Museum Members to Get Early Access, Saturday, May 30 

The South Carolina State Museum will reopen its doors, Tuesday, June 2 (Saturday, May 30 for members only) with new hours and reduced admission. The museum has been diligently planning for a phased reopening process by cleaning our facility, training staff and preparing the building for our guests in order to follow guidelines developed by AccelerateSC, the American Alliance of Museums and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
During this first phase, the State Museum will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m; closed Sunday and Monday. General admission for all ages during this time will only be $5. Entry into planetarium shows and the blockbuster exhibit, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, will be an additional charge. In order to adhere to recommended guidelines, some areas, exhibits and attractions may remain temporarily closed or include limited features during this time. The museum will manage hourly visitor capacity levels to better facilitate social distancing for staff and guests. For this reason, advance online ticket purchases are highly encouraged, but not required.
“We are thrilled to be opening our doors to guests once again,” said Willie Calloway, executive director of the South Carolina State Museum. “We look forward to continuing our long tradition of telling the stories of South Carolina with our engaging exhibits and historical artifacts in our beautiful award-winning museum.”
To further address health and safety concerns, State Museum staff are altering some exhibits in order to create ‘no touch’ experiences and allow for increased social distancing among guests. All museum staff will wear face coverings and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the building. Guests are expected to adhere to social distancing throughout the museum and are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Signage will be in place to inform and remind guests of these important guidelines.
The museum remains committed to its mission to bring entertaining, inspiring and engaging content to our guests. For those not ready or able to visit, the museum will continue to offer a variety of virtual programs and content, like our popular telescope livestreams and our upcoming virtual summer camp series. Our guests are our number one priority and we hope to continue to provide them with educational and fun experiences – on site and online. For more information please visit
About the South Carolina State Museum
As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista.  The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 former textile mill listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Visit to learn more