Experience the Interactive Museum of OZ this October

Wizard of Oz Halloween Themed Events and Experiences Planned for the Entire Month

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Saturday, Sept. 28, the South Carolina State Museum will once again transform into the Museum of Oz, enhanced with even more exciting “Oz” events for the entire family all month. From the giant 30ft long x 12ft high witch’s legs, the Magical Maze of Oz featuring a recreated interactive Land of Oz, to the popular Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience, guests will be whisked away in this wonderful adventure. With Saturdays in Oz, Tuesdays in Oz, Overnight in Oz and Growl at the Moon, this October will be filled with magic at the State Museum.

Magical Maze of Oz
In this exciting interactive, walk-through adventure, guests will get whisked away from Kansas to the Land of Oz by following the Yellow Brick Road, winding through a number of recreated life-sized scenes from the film. From Munchkin Land to the Enchanted Forest, a field of poppies leads to the Emerald City where guests get a chance to “grant wishes” as the Wizard of Oz.

Museum of Oz October Featured Events:
Saturdays in Oz (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Every Saturday starting Sept. 28 until Oct. 26, the museum will host a number of family friendly activities including scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and a chance to meet Wizard of Oz characters. Saturdays in Oz will kick off, Sept. 28 and end Oct. 26 with the ultimate Wizard of Oz party, complete with balloon animals, face painting, a scavenger hunt with prizes and more. Saturdays in Oz is free with general admission. For a list of Saturdays in Oz activities visit scmuseum.org.

Tuesdays in Oz (Every Tues., 5 – 8 p.m.): Guests can experience the Museum of Oz after hours with haunted museum ghost tours at 6:30 p.m., special planetarium shows like Skies over Oz at 6 p.m. and HalloScream Laser Lights at 7 p.m., night sky observing and The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™. The museum will be open late every Tuesday until 10 p.m. General admission for Tuesdays in Oz is 2 for $10 and includes complimentary apple cider and sweet treats from 6 until 8 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial LIfe. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.

Overnight in Oz (Fri., Oct. 11- Sat., Oct. 12)
The State Museum is giving families a chance to experience a spooky night in Oz! Guests will get to sleep amongst the museum’s exhibits and artifacts, meet Dorothy and other Oz characters, get a special museum ghost tour and see special screenings of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ and our the planetarium show, Skies Over Oz. Museum education staff will be working hard in the Wicked Witch Alchemy Lab where guests will get to make and melt a wicked witch, play with Glinda’s Bubbles and more. Tickets are $35 per person for general public and $28 per person for members. Space is limited. For a full list of Overnight in Oz activities or to purchase tickets visit scmuseum.org.

Growl at the Moon (Fri., Oct. 25; 7 – 10 p.m.)
This 21 and up Halloween party is back for its 6th anniversary of spooky haunts and delights throughout the museum. Guests will experience museum haunted ghost tours, a new full dome planetarium musical laser experience, night sky observing in the Boeing Observatory, creepy Virtual Reality fun, music from Reggie Sullivan Band, food, craft beer, wine and specialty cocktail and more. General public and member tickets can be purchased online at scmuseum.org and include a custom souvenir beer growler.

Featured Shows:
The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience (Sept. 28 – Nov. 3): Playing in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4-D Theater, The Wizard of Oz comes alive as never before in the amazing 16 minute 4-D experience. With digital 3-D and state-of-the-art special effects including wind, lightening and many more surprises, this beloved classic becomes a modern 4-D adventure as the infamous tornado carries guests to the magical Land of Oz. Guests will join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and even the Wicked Witch as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.

Skies over Oz: Hear the tale of Dorothy's epic adventures in Oz told as a constellation myth, using imagined patterns of stars in the night sky. Guests will also get a look at the current night sky from here at home in Columbia. Showing in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium every Tuesday and Saturday in October.

HaloScream Laser: Guests will experience a dynamic laser show choreographed to classic Halloween tunes like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Ghostbusters in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium. Showing daily in October.

Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional charge.

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 greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. 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 scmuseum.org to learn more.

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