South Carolina State Museum
The South Carolina State Museum is a contemporary facility showcasing the state’s natural and cultural history. Located along the Congaree River in Columbia, it is South Carolina’s largest museum and includes a 4D interactive theater, planetarium, and observatory.
The S.C. State Museum has a huge collection of permanent and changing exhibits. More than 40,000 artifacts pay tribute to the Palmetto State’s history from the time of colonial settlement through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and into the modern-day. Included are examples of Native American pottery and a replica of the CSS Hunley, the Charleston-based submarine that was the first to sink an enemy ship in combat in 1864.
The four-floor museum also devotes time to the diverse natural history of South Carolina. Its collection includes displays of 500-million-year old arthropods, dinosaur bones, and bones dating back to the Ice Age. Visitors won’t be able to miss “Finn,” a model of a megalodon shark suspended from the ceiling.
The innovations in South Carolina science and technology are traced through artifacts highlighting the growth of the industry in the state, particularly in agriculture. Farm equipment, cars, tools, vintage televisions, and radios are part of the museum’s permanent collection.
The S.C. State Museum also includes state-of-the-art technology, such as the 145-seat planetarium the offers astronomy shows as well as popular laser-light shows set to the music of Pink Floyd and the Beatles. The planetarium is also home to a permanent NASA gallery showing artifacts from South Carolina astronauts Charles Bolden, Charles Duke, Ron McNair, and Frank Culbertson.
Complementing the planetarium at the museum is a 2500-square-foot observatory, which has a refracting telescope with a computer system that allows for quick pointing into the skies. Certain schools are able to access the telescope through the Internet to study the mysteries of outer space.
In addition, the S.C. State Museum is home to the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. A Columbia resident, Ariail donated his collection of telescopes to the museum, with the oldest one dating back to 1730. According to the Antique Telescope Society, the Ariail collection is the largest collection of early American-made telescopes anywhere in the world.
To ensure that the littlest South Carolinians aren’t left out, the museum’s Stringer Discovery Center provides interactive exhibits for children ages 6 and under. The center provides a stage for imaginative play, blocks, and tools for building, a treehouse and a sensory area to stimulate fine motor skills.
Directions To Stewart Law Offices
Our office is located at 10 Calendar Court, Suite 100, in Columbia.
From the S.C. State Museum, head north on Lady Street towards Williams Street.
Turn right on Williams Street.
Make a right on Huger Street and then turn left on Gervais Street.
Turn right on Trenholm Road.
In 2.4 miles, turn right on Calendar Court. Stewart Law Offices will be on the left.
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