State Museum lists special events, shows for July-September
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum has announced its July through September 2015 calendar of special events, exhibitions and shows. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with extended observatory hours to 10 p.m.) Tuesday.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The following will take place at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St.
• Museum Road Show: Saturday, July 11
The South Carolina State Museum presents the Museum Road Show from 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Experts will offer informal verbal appraisals in a variety of areas, including military memorabilia, fine art, textiles, furniture, jewelry and more. Tickets are $25 for one item ($20/member), $35 for two items ($28/member), $45 for three items ($36/member) and $50 for four items ($40/member). Four items per person limit. Tickets can be purchased by calling (803) 898-4999 or at the museum the day of the event.
• New! Christmas in July:
Celebrate Christmas in July at the South Carolina State Museum Monday, July 13 through Sunday, Aug. 2. For only a three-week run, the State Museum will present “The Polar Express 4D Experience” in the new 4D theater. In addition, there will be a variety of South Carolina-themed holiday merchandise available at great prices at the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store. Visit scmusem.org for a list of showtimes.
• New! Plutopalooza: Tuesday, July 14
On July 14, the New Horizons spacecraft will take the first detailed images of Pluto during the historic Pluto Flyby. In honor of this major milestone, the South Carolina State Museum will host Plutopalooza featuring a live webcast from NASA on the mission, a planetarium solar system show focusing on Pluto, night observing in the Boeing Observatory and free giveaways. The event will be held from 5-10 p.m. and is included with museum membership or general admission. There is an additional fee for the planetarium show.
• New! Lincoln Reception: Tuesday, July 14
Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, at an opening reception featuring Dr. Vernon Burton, the author of “The Age of Lincoln,” at the South Carolina State Museum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. The reception is free.
• New! Farm to Gallery: Thursday, July 30
Celebrate craft at its finest at a one-of-a-kind Farm to Gallery dinner nestled in the middle of the Carolina Makers art gallery at the South Carolina State Museum from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. Enjoy live music and dine on handmade pottery and tables created for this event. The dinner will feature owner/chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Rosso Trattoria, executive chef Frank Bradley of Bourbon and executive chef Travis Rayle of Rosso Trattoria. The appetizer will be prepared by Brandon Velie, owner/chef of Juniper in Ridge Spring, and a participating chef with the South Carolina Chef Ambassador Program. Tickets include an opening cocktail, wine, local craft beer, four family-style courses featuring locally-sourced produce and proteins from South Carolina farms and a handmade plate for guests to take home. Tickets are $150/public ($120/museum member) and can be purchased at scmuseum.org /events/farm-to-gallery or by calling (803) 898-4952.
• Southeastern Toy Soldier Show: Saturday, Aug. 8.
See, buy or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history at the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the South Carolina State Museum. In conjunction with the new exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a Lincoln impersonator will be onsite throughout the day. This event is included with museum membership or general admission.
• Annual Fall Festival: Saturday, Sept. 19
Kick off the fall season at the State Museum’s Annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. This event presents a mixture of opportunities for guests to eat a variety of South Carolina-made barbecue and other tasty food, listen to live bluegrass music, meet folk artists and craftsmen, watch demonstrations of their skills and even purchase works of art and crafts. Fall Festival is included with museum membership or general admission. Food, drink and art purchases are an additional price. Ongoing Special Events:
• Carolina Makers Music Nights: Second and Last Tuesday through Jan. 26, 2016
Enjoy live music inside the Carolina Makers art exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum from 6-8 p.m. on the second and last Tuesday of the month through Jan. 26, 2016. 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. These music nights are included with museum membership or general admission.
• Second Shift Twosdays: Every Tuesday, 5-8 p.m.
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. and the Boeing Observatory hours have been extended to 10 p.m.
• New! Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War: opens Thursday, July 9
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War tells the story of how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War – the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibition is comprised of panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Lincoln is free to the public and can be seen Thursday, July 9 through Friday, Aug. 21 at the South Carolina State Museum.
• New! Threads: The Story in Our Clothes: Opens Saturday, Aug. 22
See more than 200 years of clothing and fashion in Threads: The Story in our Clothes, opening Saturday, Aug. 22 at the South Carolina State Museum. 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.
• New! Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper: opens Saturday, Sept. 19
Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper, opening Saturday, Sept. 19 at the South Carolina State Museum, tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper. The exhibition is included with museum membership or general admission.
• New! Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines: opens Saturday, Sept. 26
The museum presents its next major blockbuster exhibition, Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines, opening Saturday, Sept. 26. This international traveling exhibition 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.
• COURAGE: The Vision to End Segregation, the Guts to Fight for It: closes Sunday, July 26
• Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville: closes Sunday, Aug. 23
• BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures: closes Monday, Sept. 7
• Halsey 100: closes Monday, Sept. 7
• Face Vessels: Archaeological Evidence of Face Vessels Manufactured in Old Edgefield, South Carolina: closes Sunday, Sept. 19
4D Theater Movies:
• Planet Earth: Pole to Pole: Showing now through Friday, Aug. 7
• Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience!: Showing now through Friday, Aug. 7
• New! Rio: The 4D Experience: Debuts Saturday, Aug. 8 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! This unexpected duo takes you on a thrilling 4-D journey through Rio de Janeiro, finding courage, friendship and love along the way. RIO © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
• New! Planet Earth: Shallow Sea 4D Experience: debuts Saturday, Aug. 8
In this 15-minute epic 4D adventure, 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 Arctic Circle. Experience the greatest gathering of seabirds and whales ever captured in Digital HD. Sense the pressure, feel the perils and smell the triumph as you celebrate Earth as never before in Planet Earth: Shallow Seas™ 4D Experience. The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under license. BBC logo © BBC 1996. A BBC/Discovery Channel/NHK co-production, in association with the CBC. Photography © Doug Perrine/naturepl.com.
• New! Dark: Understanding Dark Matter: Now playing Dark:Understanding Dark Matter, a new full-dome planetarium show now playing at the museum, explores the nature of dark matter, a mysterious substance that makes up 80% 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.
• New! Laser Salute to America: Playing thru July 11 Laser Salute to America, a planetarium laser light show playing for two weeks at the South Carolina State Museum, celebrates the spirit of America through patriotic songs by various artists set to laser lights.
• New! Laser Fun: debuts July 21 Laser Fun, a planetarium laser light show debuting Tuesday, July 21, at the museum, is an assortment of family-friendly songs by various artists set to an exciting laser light show.
• Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos: Now playing
• Earth, Moon and Sun: Now playing
Note: Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.
• Solar Observing: 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday
• Evening Observing: Tuesday evenings until 10 p.m. during Second Shift Twosdays.