The South Carolina State Museum Your One-Stop Field Trip Destination

Jerry Blackwelder

South Carolina State Museum Your One-Stop Field Trip Destination

Your students can learn about South Carolina’s art, history, natural history and science and technology with a single visit to the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.

The four-story museum contains more than 70,000 works of art, artifacts, fossils and more. The State Museum also houses the Boeing Observatory, a planetarium and 4D Theater shows. Hands-on STEM programs, guided tours and education stations are all designed to meet K-12 South Carolina educational standards.

Now on temporary display is a tribute to Charles Duke, South Carolina’s first astronaut. In 1972 Duke became the tenth man to set foot on the lunar surface. The exhibit includes a moon rock, pressure suit, helmet and other memorabilia from the mission.

Also on display for African American history month is Requiem for Mother Emanuel, an exhibit of nine paintings and artifacts from Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, where nine worshipers were gunned down in 2015. The memorial paintings were created by South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs, who said that painting provided a vehicle to process the awful event and search for meaning.

These temporary exhibits are in addition to the State Museum’s permanent collection capsuling South Carolina’s history, art, natural history and science and technology. Your students will see varied and diverse exhibits ranging from dinosaurs and prehistoric fossils through the Revolutionary War, Civil War, African American history and more. The State Museum’s fourth floor gallery traces the history of South Carolina with examples of Native American pottery, household goods owned by colonial settlers, a replica of the CSS Hunley, a 19th century schoolhouse and a permanent exhibit on the Civil War. 

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