Museums are a great rainy day activity, and are more educational than going to the movies and cleaner than napping in puddles. Be smart about the weather with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for four general museum admissions plus special exhibit passes (a $60 value)
- $35 for six general museum admissions plus special exhibit passes (a $90 value)
Admissions grant access to the museum’s entire collection of permanent and revolving exhibits and artifacts, along with special exhibit access. The current special exhibit, Secrets of the Maya, showcases more than 125 artifacts from the Maya civilization of 2,000 B.C.E., including landscape photographs, a life-size hut, and casts of stone artwork. The exhibit tells the story of the Maya culture from its ancient roots building pyramids and the 365-day calendar, to its current efforts to restore its monuments and temples.
South Carolina State Museum
Though built in 1893 to manufacture textiles, the Columbia Mills’ storied stone halls now weave tapestries of knowledge with exhibits on everything from lasers and space travel to South Carolina's role in the Civil War. Boasting accolades by Columbia Metropolitan magazine and the Smithsonian, South Carolina State Museum devotes each of its four floors and part of its fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology represented by more than 70,000 artifacts; not including blockbuster exhibits.
Through a series of permanent exhibits, curators lead visitors on a cultural and geological voyage. Guests stroll through years of traditional and contemporary art by state artists, marvel at a 43-foot white shark display and full dinosaur skeletons, or cast imaginations back in exhibits on turn-of-the-century transportation, laser technology, and aviation. The museum also excavates the surrounding landscape to present 14,000 years of local culture in Native American tools and colonial-era lifestyle items.
Five galleries also house changing exhibits and have previously featured artifacts from such entities as the Titanic, Civil War–era Charleston, or the 300 years of American-made telescopes, with each carefully monitored to ensure they contained just the right amount of science. While museum staffers frequently rotate their exhibits, they also host traveling displays and send others on the road through the Traveling Exhibits Program. Various education displays such as interactive children's labs, living-history reenactments, and lectures from visiting scholars further enrich all-ages visitors.