State Museum fall festival on tap for Sept. 19

COLUMBIA — The S.C. State Museum will hold the annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 with a mixture of opportunities for guests to eat a variety of South Carolina-made barbecue and other food, listen to live bluegrass music, meet folk artists and craftsmen, watch demonstrations of their skills and even buy works of art and crafts.

Fall Festival admission is included with museum membership or general admission. Food, drink and art purchases are an additional price.

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 Second Tuesdays will feature performances by members of the Musicians and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina, and on the last Tuesdays, the public is invited to bring their own acoustic instrument and jam out with members of the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association. 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 two for $10 starting at 5 p.m. The Boeing Observatory hours are extended to 10 p.m.


• Threads: The Story in Our Clothes features more than 200 years of clothing and fashion. It opened 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, tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper. Admission 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 exhibit 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 Movies

• Rio: The 4D Experience: 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. Join them as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that has them dodging beach balls, umbrellas, carnival floats, and beach-goers as they try to escape the claws of evil cockatoo Nigel.

• Planet Earth: Shallow Sea 4D Experience: During this 15-minute epic 4D adventure, attendees will 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. Glide alongside a cast of balletic sea lions as they dive through vast swirling bait balls of anchovy, and track a mother humpback whale and her calf as they navigate from their tropical nursery to the Artic Circle.

Planetarium Shows

• Dark: Understanding Dark Matter 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, a planetarium laser light show, is an assortment of family-friendly songs by various artists set to a laser light show. 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. Shows are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Other shows now playing include Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos and Earth, Moon and Sun.

Observatory Programming

Solar Observing is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Evening observing is until 10 p.m. Tuesdays during Second Shift Twosdays. Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.

Closing Exhibitions

BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures and Halsey 100 closes Sept. 7. Face Vessels: Archaeological Evidence of Face Vessels Manufactured in Old Edgefield South Carolina closes Sept. 19.

The South Carolina State Museum, located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia, 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. Visit to learn more.