The South Carolina State Museum will be holding its annual “Tricks and Treats” on Saturday, October 19. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. This year, the annual family-friendly Halloween event will be Egyptian-themed to celebrate the blockbuster exhibition, “Tutankhamun: Return of the King.” There will be a haunted Halloween party with games and prizes, Egyptian games, a scavenger hunt, crafts, balloon art and much more!
Come in costume for “Tricks and Treats” and receive $1 off regular Museum admission. PLUS, if you dress like and Egyptian or in Egyptian theme and be entered to win a King Tut prize pack.
All activities are FREE with Museum admission or Membership unless otherwise noted. Not a member? Click here to join.
Currently, the Museum is undergoing some renovations and the front entrance is closed. You may enter the Museum from the parking deck on the west (river) side of the building.
Check the list for some of the Museum’s highlights.
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Temporary Museum entrance
The Museum’s front entrance is temporarily closed due to construction. The temporary entrance is on the west side of the building adjacent to the parking deck. The west side of the building faces the Congaree River.
Giant White Shark
This model of a giant white shark dominates the museum’s second floor. Now extinct, the giant white shark was as long as 60 feet. The model was made by Columbia artist Stavros Chysostomides who specialized in big things, among which was the Zesto’s ice cream cone in West Columbia.
The Berry Schoolhouse is on the Museum’s fourth floor. It contains one room and came from Spartanburg County. Grades K-8 used this school and there was only one teacher.
Civil War gallery entrance
In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicetennial, the Museum’s Civil War galleries have been upgraded. Hanging from the ceiling are various flags of the Civil War period.
This replica of Fort Moultrie can be found on the fourth floor. Made from palmetto logs, which is naturally soft, British cannonballs simply bounced off doing little damage. Patriot defenders put them in their own cannons and fired them back at the British. Recycling before the word was ever invented!
The CSS Hunley
This model of the CSS Hunley is one of the more popular exhibits. The model was made by Clemson engineering students for the Civil War centennial in the 1960s, before the Hunley was discovered in 1995. Consequently, it is not an accurate model. The real Hunley was longer and narrower than this model.