State Museum Celebrates 30 Years with FREE General Admission Nov. 3 & 4

Full Weekend of Music, Dancing, Food and Fun for the Entire Family

COLUMBIA, S.C., OCTOBER 23, 2018 – In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the South Carolina State Museum will offer free general admission to the public Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, from noon until 6 p.m. This Free Anniversary Weekend will be packed full of family fun, including music, dancing, special exhibits, live demonstrations, hay rides, food, craft beer and more.

Since opening its doors in October 1988, the State Museum’s mission has remained steadfast … to collect, preserve and showcase South Carolina and her rich heritage for the education and entertainment of all its guests. The State Museum provides an ever changing space that represents the true diversity of the state’s experience: its geology, landscapes and lifeforms; its human history and culture; its accomplishments in science and technology; and its creativity in the arts.

“Our commitment over the years to deliver award winning cultural, educational and entertaining programs, events and exhibitions for all of our guests has landed us in the national and international spotlight,: said Willie Calloway, State Museum executive director. “Our success is in large part due to our wonderful members and guests who have entrusted us to provide them with a lasting experience and this free weekend is our way of saying, ‘thank you.’”

30th Anniversary Weekend Events:

Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party - Saturday, Nov. 3, (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

Celebrate the beginning of fall with live music and dance performances, a tractor parade, hay rides, artist demonstrations and kid friendly Wizard of Oz activities. Guests will also enjoy South Carolina barbecue and craft beer which will be available for purchase. The entire museum will be full of fun activities including the last chance to see The Wizard of Oz 4D Experience* and the “Magical Maze of Oz” walk through. For a full list of Saturday’s events visit

Celebracion de la Herencia Hispana - Sunday, Nov. 4, (Noon – 6 p.m.)

The fun continues with a celebration of Hispanic culture in South Carolina, in partnership with Anglo-Latino Promotions, The museum will be full of Hispano-American music and dance performances, cultural displays and authentic Latin cuisine. Guests will also enjoy costumed interpreters throughout the museum, special gallery tours and one last chance to explore the Magical Maze of Oz. For a full list of Sunday’s events visit

All weekend guests will get to experience why, since 1988, the South Carolina State Museum has always been the best attraction to tell all of South Carolina’s rich and diverse stories. Its commitment to the service, engagement and empowerment of our guests is constant and it will continue to provide community engagement around compelling topics and create lasting connections through meaningful experiences that enrich and strengthen all of our communities for the next 30 years and beyond.

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 old textile mill full of character and charm. 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 opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Visit to learn more.

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