5 Cool Facts About the Man Who Discovered King Tut’s Tomb

  More than 90 years ago, on Nov. 26, 1922, a British archaeologist named Howard Carter opened the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharoah, Tutankhamun. After making a small breach at the top of the sealed doorway leading into the tomb …

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Finding True North for Our Future Observatory

  When the South Carolina State Museum’s state-of-the-art observatory opens in June 2014 along with an immersive 4D theater and 55-foot digital dome planetarium, museum guests and students across South Carolina will have the thrill of looking through the museum’s …

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Fossil Facts: Ancient Buffalo Skull

    JUST THE FACTS:   What is it? Skull of the Bison latifrons. Where was it found? Kansas. However, it’s typical of the buffalo that inhabited South Carolina during the last ice age.     EXTRA CREDIT:   How long …

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A Conversation with Dr. Jack Meyer

  It’s hard to believe that the State Museum just celebrated its 25thanniversary. The museum has a vast and rich history, including our volunteer core, which makes up 84% of our workforce. These volunteers dedicate their time and expertise in helping …

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25 Favorite Things about the State Museum!

  The SC State Museum is celebrating 25 years this month! Since we opened our doors to the public on October 29, 1988, we have welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors to enjoy four floors of art, cultural history, natural history …

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Althea Gibson Exhibition on Display at the SC State Museum

  Recently, the United States Postal Service unveiled the 36th Black Heritage stamp featuring Althea Gibson during a special reception held at the South Carolina State Museum. A temporary exhibition will be available at the museum for the public to …

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Happy Carolina Day!

       Before you grab your American flags next weekend – grab your palmetto-themed items and celebrate Carolina Day! This day commemorates the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, the first great victory for the American forces against the British. The battle …

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5 Things You Might Not Know About King Tut

  The treasures of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and the alleged ‘curse’ that fell upon the team of archaeologists who discovered it are legendary. But how much do you know about the young pharaoh’s actual life? We’ve put together a few …

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Vintage Ads You Won’t Believe Were Made In SC!

         In 1931 dashing World War I flying ace Col. Elliott Springs inherited his father’s business, Springs Cotton Mills in Fort Mill, S.C. In a now-famous advertising campaign, the brilliant and daring Col. Springs used suggestive images and innuendo-laced text …

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Working Women: 4 Professional Pioneers in SC!

  Continuing our series for Women’s History Month, here are 4 amazing SC women who broke new ground in the professional world!   1. LEDA BRUCE HURST                     Leda Bruce Hurst, DDS …

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All Dolled Up: 4 Amazing SC Women (and their dolls!)

  March is Women’s History Month! Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting about some amazing South Carolina women starting with these ‘dolled up’ ladies! Each doll represents a famous South Carolina woman and was part of the “Great Women of South Carolina” doll series created by …

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FOSSIL FACTS: Ancient Crocodilian of the Carolinas!

  JUST THE FACTS:   What is it? Skull and lower jaws of a crocodilian (Gavialosuchus carolinensis). Where was it found? Crowfield Lake (during construction of Crowfield Plantation) in Goose Creek, SC.             EXTRA CREDIT:   When …

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Construction Update Feb. 2013

  YES, WE ARE STILL OPEN! The bulldozers and excavators digging and shoving mounds of dirt and gravel around the east side of the South Carolina State Museum are a sure sign that something exciting is happening. One change noticeable …

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FOSSIL FACTS: Saber-Cats!

    JUST THE FACTS:     What is it?  Skull and lower jaw of a saber-toothed cat (Smilodon).   Where were they found? Giant Cement quarry, a few miles north of Harleyville (Dorchester County,SC).                            EXTRA …

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Secrets of the Maya Field Trip Contest Submission Period Extended

There’s more time to nominate your class for the Secrets of the Maya Field Trip Giveaway Facebook contest!  We are pleased to announce we are extending the deadline for submissions until Feb 25, 2012 at midnight. Enter the museum’s field …

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Dr. Ronald E. McNair, “Eyes on the Stars”

From StoryCorps this new animated video features Carl McNair telling the story of his brother Ronald, an African American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.        Twenty-seven years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986, the space …

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State Museum Awarding Free School Field Trip to Secrets of the Maya Exhibit

The South Carolina State Museum will send one lucky South Carolina school class to its spectacular new blockbuster exhibit Secrets of the Maya…for free!  In the museum’s new field trip contest, by completing the entry form on the museum’s Facebook page …

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State Museum Partners with Nonprofits to Celebrate the Maya Calendar with “End of the World” Party

As the clock winds down to the end of the Maya calendar Dec. 21, 2012, the South Carolina State Museum along with Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), Leadership Columbia Alumni Association and Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society have come together to host …

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Collections Corner – Pearl Harbor Christmas Card

     This year is the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor and we would like to feature a very special object in the museum’s collection. On Dec. 6, 1941 Jack Williams, a Columbia native serving on the USS Arizona, mailed five Christmas cards …

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