Current Exhibits in Columbia-Area Museums

Cayce Historical Museum

Housed in a replica of a 1765 Cayce trading post, the
Cayce Historical Museum aims to share the rich history
of the Cayce, Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, and West Columbia areas with visitors. Impressive display of Native American artifacts. Mondays & major holidays: Closed | Tues – Fri: 9am – 4pm Sat & Sun: 2 – 5pm
1800 12th Street | 803-739-5385 | Admission

Columbia Museum of Art

The Columbia Museum of Art is among the leading art institutions in the country, with over 25 galleries that house art that spans 5,000 years of history! It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Feb. 15 – May 17. Monday: Closed | Tues – Sun: 10am – 5pm (Open until 8pm on the first Thursday of each month)
1515 Main Street  803-799-2810 Admission

Edventure Childrens Museum

All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Introduces kids to the worlds of flight, the human body, pets, cooking, making things, the natural world and more. Snowville Jan. 11 – Feb. 29. Monday-Sunday: 9am-5pm 211 Gervais Street. 803-779-3100 | Admission

Historic House Museums

Five house museums each give insight into the lives of generations of Columbians, beginning back in the early 1800’s. General tours start at 10am Tuesday-Saturday; Sundays at 1pm. Start in the gift shop for tickets –
1616 Blanding Street | 803-252-7742 | Admission

Lexington County Historical Museum

Through its 36 historic structures and furnishings, the museum focuses on the early history of Lexington County and its residents. Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 4pm | Sun: 1 – 4pm. 231 Fox Street | 803-359-8369  

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Collects, preserves, and exhibits South Carolina’s military culture from the colonial era to the present. The museum was founded in 1896, and is the third oldest museum in the state. Over There: Americans Abroad in WWI and WWI in 3D. Now thru May 25. Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm  First Sunday of the Month: 1 – 5pm | 301 Gervais Street 803-737-8095 Admission

South Carolina Military Museum

One of the largest National Guard museums in the country.
Vast array of artifacts ranging from period and authentic firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles. Mon – Sat. 10am – 4pm. 1 National Guard Rd.  803-299-4440 |  Free

South Carolina Railroad Museum

Exhibits many pieces of rolling equipment, cars, cabooses and engines. Offers regular rides on its own track. Spectial train rides: Valentine’s Dinner Train & Easter Bunny Express in the Spring. 30 miles north of Columbia. 110 Industrial Park Rd.

South Carolina State Museum

Four floors of permanent exhibits on history, art, natural history and science and technology as well as a variety of changing and traveling exhibits, a 55-foot digital dome planetarium, 4D theater, and 2,500 square foot observatory that features a 1926 Alvan Clark refracting telescope. Open Mon & Wed-Fri: 10am – 5pm | Tue: 10am – 10pm  Sat: 10am – 6pm Sun: 12-5pm 301 Gervais Street. 803-898-4921 | Admission

USC’s McKissick Museum

Located on the University of South Carolina’s campus, the museum provides insight into the history of USC and the community, culture, and environment of the American South. A Woman’s Right Now – Dec 5, 2020. Mon-Fri: 8:30am – 5pm | Sat: 11am – 3pm. 1501 Pendleton Street 803-777-7251  Free