Hollywood Comes to South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State. This exhibit showcases the significant number of movies produced in South Carolina over the past 100 years. Explore the complexity of moviemaking while enjoying photographs, movie clips, filmmaking equipment, costumes, props and other artifacts. $3 in addition to regular museum admission for ages three and up. Media sponsors include WIS TV, The State and Lamar Advertising. Continues through Oct. 19, 2008.
Lobby (First floor)
Wilson 150. This five-panel exhibit examines the life of one-time South Carolina resident and United States President Woodrow Wilson. Continues through Sept. 28, 2008.
Stringer Discovery Center (first floor)
Enjoy hands-on activities in this special gallery for young children and their families.
Lipscomb Gallery (first floor)
South Carolina State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates both the 20th anniversary of the State Museum's opening and the diversity of South Carolina art. The first juried exhibition hosted exclusively by the State Museum, the show features the work of a large number of artists from across the state. These intriguing works will be on display April 25 through Sept. 7, 2008. Many of your favorite local artists are showing here.
Sorry, I didn't enter this one, so no my art isn't there. (waah)
Catch of the Day: Recovery of the Lake Murray B-25. See images of the recovery process of a World War II bomber that had been at the bottom of Lake Murray, South Carolina for more than 62 years until it was finally recovered in 2005. Four artifacts from the plane and photographs documenting the recovery process will be on display through January, 2009.
Palmetto Gallery (fourth floor)
TET: Military Victory, Political Defeat. This exhibit, marking the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, will explore the turbulent events, both overseas and on the homefront, surrounding the biggest single battle of the Vietnam War.
Sponsored by AT & T, The Real Yellow Pages. Continues through Jan. 25, 2009.
Recent Acquisitions Gallery (fourth floor)
The South Carolina State Museum: 20 Years of Treasures. The phrase “South Carolina under one roof” until March 2009. 401 Gallery (fourth floor)
SEEDS OF CHANGE: South Carolina and the Great War 1917- 1918. Learn about South Carolina's role on the home front in World War I through displays of photographs, uniforms of soldiers and nurses, weapons, a horse-drawn ambulance wagon and more. This exhibit is part of a collaboration between the State Museum, the McKissick Museum, S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, Historic Columbia and the South Caroliniana Library. Funded in part by Partnerships for America and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Continues through June 29.
14th – Hands-On Explorations. Explore South Carolina's environment, past and present. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., NatureSpace.
14th & 15th – Museum and a Movie. “Hollywood Comes to South Carolina” movie trailers, 1:15 p.m. and “Vietnam: Homefront USA.” 2 p.m., Auditorium.
15th – Fathers Day. Fathers of all ages receive $1 off regular admission today.
16th – 20th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Crazy Chemworks.” Students will learn and apply the concepts, tools and techniques of real chemists with spectacular hands-on activities, stunning demonstrations and inquiry-based discussions. Crazy Chemworks serves as the perfect introduction to elementary chemistry! 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or www.madscience.com/columbia.
16th–20th Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Secret Agent Lab.” Campers become amateur detectives as they examine a “crime scene” and learn about the functions of the body's cells. 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or www.madscience.com/columbia.
16th–20th Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Crazy Chemworks/ Secret Agent Lab” Combo Camp. Enjoy two camps in one! Camp highlights the best of “Crazy Chemworks” and “Secret Agent Lab.” 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or www.madscience.com/columbia.
21st – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
21st & 22nd – Museum and a Movie. “Hollywood Comes to South Carolina” movie trailers, 1:15 p.m. and “Vietnam: The End of the Tunnel.” 2 p.m., Auditorium.
23rd –27th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Red Hot Robots #1.”
This “Robots” camp explores the “nuts and bolts” of robotics and campers will build their own “Weasel Robot.” 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or www.madscience.com/columbia.
23rd – 27th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Red Hot Robots #2.” Campers who have taken the first will build their own binary player robot, compete in a “Robo-Sapien” dance-off and more. 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or www.madscience.com/columbia.
23rd – 27th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Red Hot Robots #1/ Red Hot Robots #2” Combo Camp. Enjoy two camps in one! Camp highlights the best of “Red Hot Robots #1” and “Red Hot Robots #2.” 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or www.madscience.com/columbia.
27th – First day to see The South Carolina State Museum: 20 Years of Treasures.
28th – Art Day at the State Museum. Unleash your inner Picasso! The world of art is saluted in this day of hands-on art activities, workshops, programs and more.
28th – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
28th & 29th – Museum and a Movie. “Hollywood Comes to South Carolina” movie trailers, 1:15 p.m. and “Vietnam: Tet 1968.” 2 p.m., Auditorium.
Dates and times are subject to change. For the very latest information, be sure to check the State Museum web site often! southcarolinastatemuseum.org.
For additional information about these and other exhibits and events at the State Museum, please call (803) 898-4952 weekdays and (803) 898-4978 weekends.
The State Museum is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Open on Mondays through Labor Day.
Admission is $5 for ages 13 to 61, $4 for adults 62 and over, and $3 for children ages 3-12. Children two and under are admitted free. Children under 13 cannot be admitted unless accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older.
To get free admission, store discounts and more benefits, join the Friends of the State Museum. Call (803) 898-4935 for information.
Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. School-age groups should have one adult for every 10 children, both in the galleries and in the museum store.
The museum's web site is www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org.