COLUMBIA — The S.C. State Museum, 301 Gervais St. in Columbia, has announced its July through September 2015 calendar of special events, exhibits and shows.
The State Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and 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.
Special events include the following:
Farm to Gallery — July 30
Celebrate craft at its finest at a one-of-a-kind Farm to Gallery dinner nestled in the middle of the Carolina Makers art gallery from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 30. Enjoy live music and dine on handmade pottery and tables created for this event. The dinner will feature owner/chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Rosso Trattoria, executive chef Frank Bradley of Bourbon and executive chef Travis Rayle of Rosso Trattoria.
The appetizer will be prepared by Brandon Velie, owner/chef of Juniper in Ridge Spring and a participating chef with the South Carolina Chef Ambassador Program. Tickets include an opening cocktail, wine, local craft beer, four family-style courses featuring locally-sourced produce and proteins from South Carolina farms and a handmade plate for guests to take home. Tickets are $150 for the public and $120 for museum members and can be purchased at scmuseum.org or by calling 803-898-4952.
Southeastern Toy Soldier Show — Aug. 8
See, buy or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history at the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In conjunction with the new exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a Lincoln impersonator will be on site throughout the day. This event is included with museum membership or general admission.
Annual Fall Festival — Sept. 19
Kick off the fall season at the annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event presents a mixture of opportunities for guests to eat a variety of South Carolina-made barbecue and other delicious food, listen to live bluegrass music, meet folk artists and craftsmen, watch demonstrations of their skills and even purchase works of art and crafts. Fall Festival is included with museum membership or general admission. Food, drink and art purchases are an additional price.
Ongoing Special Events
Carolina Makers Music Nights
Enjoy live music inside the Carolina Makers art exhibition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and last Tuesday of the month through Jan. 26. The public is invited to bring their own acoustic instrument and jam with members of the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association. These music nights are included with museum membership or general admission.
Second Shift Twosdays
The Museum is open late every Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Second Shift Twosdays. General admission is $10 starting at 5 p.m. The Boeing Observatory hours have been extended to 10 p.m.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
This exhibit tells the story of how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit includes panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Admission is free. It runs through Aug. 21.
Threads: The Story in Our Clothes
See more than 200 years of clothing and fashion in Threads: The Story in our Clothes, opening Aug. 22. The pieces on exhibit tell the unique stories of South Carolina, either through their creation or in the lives of the people who wore them. The exhibition is included with museum membership or general admission.
Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper
Opening Sept. 19, this exhibit tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper. The exhibition is included with museum membership or general admission.
Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines
The museum’s next major blockbuster exhibition opens Sept. 26. This international traveling exhibition brings to life one of the most technologically significant times in the history of mankind by showcasing more than 50 intricately designed and functional inventions from the height of the Roman Empire. This interactive exhibition features war machines, transportation machines and civil machines, recreated scaled artifacts, digital files of images, computer animations and more.
4D Theater Movies
Planet Earth: Pole to Pole and Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience! will run through Aug. 7 in the 4D movie theater.
Rio: The 4D Experience debuts Aug. 8. When the last blue macaws on Earth, Blu and Jewel, are captured by bird smugglers, they must work together despite Blu’s inability to fly. This unexpected duo takes you on a thrilling 4-D journey through Rio de Janeiro, finding courage, friendship and love along the way.
Planet Earth: Shallow Sea 4D Experience also debuts Aug. 8. This 15-minute epic 4D adventure allows you to hear the power of the ocean’s waves as they crash along the shoreline, and feel the salty spray as you surf the coast with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in search of food.
Dark: Understanding Dark Matter, a new full-dome planetarium show, explores the nature of dark matter, a mysterious substance that makes up 80 percent of the matter in the Universe. Dark is followed by a live sky tour, in which a presenter will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects in the current night sky.
Laser Fun debuts July 21 and will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights. Laser Fun is an assortment of family-friendly songs by various artists set to an exciting laser light show. No matter your age, Laser Fun has songs for everyone, including “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “ABC” by Jackson 5 and “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac.
Solar observing is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Evening observing is until 10 p.m. during Second Shift Twosdays.