A memorable exhibit can help a person keep their mind off the bills piling up at home or the coughing squatter who often gets stuck in the chimney. Get your mind off things with this GrouponLive deal to Body Worlds Vital at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. For $18, you get two adult tickets (up to a $36 value). The exhibit is open Tuesday–Sunday every week; click here to check out the schedule.
Conceived by Dr. Gunther von Hagen—the inventor of the preservative Plastination technique used in the exhibit—Body Worlds Vital showcases carefully conserved human bodies, revealing the anatomy's inner workings to inquisitive eyes. After the skin has been removed and the degradable cells have been replaced with hardened plastic, the bodies are displayed to allow guests to see the beauty of intricately connected systems of muscles, marvel at the delicate filigree of blood vessels, and continue to be puzzled about how anyone could possibly eat a light bulb. The exhibit juxtaposes healthy bodies against those suffering from disease and malfunction, demonstrating the advantages of healthy living and the fragility of the human form.
Though discounted tickets are available for students and children, this Groupon offers the best deal available for most customers.
South Carolina State Museum Foundation
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.
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 featuring assemblages of artifacts from Civil War–era Charleston or 300 years of American-made telescopes, each carefully monitored to ensure they contain 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.