Sandlapper Society

SC State Museum Education Programs

Start your Columbia tour with a visit to the South Carolina State Museum. The museum is the fundamental introduction to South Carolina history, art, technology and culture. Groups of 10 or more can tour any ongoing or special exhibition. You'll find our staff welcoming, our exhibitions appealing and our historical building charming. Programs are available Tuesday through Friday throughout the school year from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for South Carolina students or teachers with advance reservations except for special exhibits and Starlab.

Lessons at A Glance

The South Carolina State Museum offers special programs for school groups of all ages. Click on each topic for a full description of educational programs in each topic:

To make a reservation, please call (803) 898-4999 Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or email Our reservationists will assist you in planning the best visit to fit your groups' needs. A four-week notice is greatly appreciated.

Other Programs

Planetarium • StarLab • Outreach
At the museum…and in your classroom! Starlab is a portable, inflatable planetarium dome that accommodates up to 30 students. It comes complete with everything needed for planetarium demonstrations. For more information call (803) 898-4999.

Home School Fridays
Third Friday of the Month! Home schools are welcome to participate in programs all school year. Plus, the State Museum has Home School Fridays on the third Friday of the month. Refer to the Home School Fridays Page for dates and program offerings. 

General Information


* Special exhibit cost is $3 per person.
* Home School and Virtual School groups must have their association cards or copy of student identification letter to receive the SC School group rate.
* Organized groups wishing to have a guided tour will be charged $15.
* SC School group rate is offered Tuesday –Friday only.

Things to Know Before Arrival

Box Lunches
On Arrival
Adult Chaperones

One chaperone for every five students is recommended to maximize learning, though as few as one chaperone for every ten students is permitted. If groups bring more than one chaperone for every five students there will be an extra charge of $5 per person. Teachers are counted as chaperones. Chaperones MUST be over 18 years old and are responsible to remain with students at all times.

Student Gift Bags
Don't have time to visit our gift shop? Pre-order gift bags for your students from the Cotton Mill Exchange. Contact (803) 898-4967 at 4 days prior to your visit.