COLUMBIA — The South Carolina State Museum re-opened to the public on Oct. 10 after being closed for six days due to the flooding situation across the midlands.
The museum will also offer free general admission for all first responders and their families during the month of October and is hosting a special free kids weekend on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.
Due to the Columbia Canal breach, which sits next to the State Museum, the museum was closed to the public in the interest of safety. All museum galleries, the planetarium, 4D theater and observatory will be open.
“Right now, the safety of our guests and the citizens of Columbia is our most important focus. At the same time, we want families who have been affected by this disaster to have a fun, educational option for this weekend. Allowing visitors to escape the tragedy, even for a short visit, is what we want to provide,” said Willie Calloway, executive director. “Due to the parking situation in the museum lot this weekend, we decided to offer a special free kids opportunity next weekend to ensure the safety of, and easy access for, our visitors.”
The canal work by the National Guard and the City of Columbia is ongoing and, as a result, there are parking restrictions in the parking lot shared by Edventure and the State Museum. Guests are encouraged to use caution when accessing the area and to be advised that if the lot reaches capacity, visitors might be turned away.
Like other museums in the area, the State Museum will also be offering free general admission for first responders and their families for the entire month of October.
On Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 the museum will host a special free kids weekend to give back to communities across South Carolina. All children 12 and under will receive free general admission to the museum for both days.
The State Museum is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with extended observatory hours until 10 p.m.) Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $8.95 for adults and $6.95 for children.
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. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.