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SC State Museum Announces Special June events
Published:
5/20/2013 12:22:16 PM


Special Attractions!



Secrets of the Maya. Unearth the mysteries of the Maya civilization which flourished in Mexico and Central America as far back as 2000 B.C. More than 100 magnificent artifacts help to tell the story of an ancient yet advanced culture that created a 365-day calendar, a base-20 numbering system, and a scheme of hieroglyphics to record numbers and dates of important religious festivals, plantings and harvests. Students will have the chance to compare and contrast the Maya civilization as discovered by the Spanish explorers in the early 1500s to the Maya culture of today. Continues through June 9.



Tutankhamun: Return of the King. This exciting exhibit is a breathtaking display of 124 reproductions of “King Tut’s” treasures that awed the world when they toured decades ago and which represents the greatest archaeological discovery in history. The enormously popular exhibit returns to our museum 10 years after its record-breaking run in 2003, in celebration of the State Museum’s 25th anniversary. Opens June 22 and continues through March 23, 2014.





Recent Acquisitions Gallery (Fourth Floor)



Between the Springmaid Sheets. The daring and controversial advertisements that rescued a struggling South Carolina textile business and made Springs Cotton Mills one of the giants of the industry are examined in this art exhibit. Through dozens of works of art, original illustrations and advertisements, the story of how dashing Col. Elliott Springs, a World War I flying ace, inherited his father’s business and used racy images, innuendo-laced text and savvy business moves to catapult the family business to prominence following World War II is brought to life. Continues through Sept. 8, 2013.



Fourth Floor



The Civil War in South Carolina: Naval Warfare and Failed Attempts to Take Charleston. This third in a series of six planned exhibits over a four-year period marking the observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War examines the naval aspects of the conflict in South Carolina. Continues through fall 2013 when the next phase of the series begins.

Volunteer Opportunity

Docents (volunteer teachers) are needed to give tours, teach lessons and help in a variety of other ways at the museum. Benefits for all museum volunteers include a 20 percent discount at the museum store and opportunities to learn more about South Carolina’s art, natural history, cultural history, science and technology. For more information, contact [email protected] or (803) 898-4962.



Special Activities and Events



June





1st – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.



1st – Story Fest. “ Dig Into Reading!” The S.C. State Library kicks off its summer reading program with a day of activities featuring free books, author presentations, snacks, readers theatre and much more! 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



1st, 2nd – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: The Hard War,” 11 a.m.; “The Ancient Maya: Tools of Astronomy,” 1:30 p.m.


2nd– $1 Sunday. General admission to the State Museum is only $1 today.



2nd – Museum and a Movie. “The Ancient Maya: Tools of Astronomy,” 1:30 p.m.


8th– Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.



8th – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: Families at War,” 11 a.m.; “The Maya,” 1:30 p.m.


9th – Museum and a Movie. “Raising the Hunley,” 1:30 p.m.


9th – Last day to see Secrets of the Maya.


10th – Natural History summer camp begins.



15th – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.



15th – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: The Hard War,” 11 a.m.; “Civil Warriors: The Hard War,” 1:30 p.m.


16th – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: Families at War,” 1:30 p.m.


17th – Engineering for Kids summer camps begin.



22nd – First day to see Tutankhamun: Return of the King.



22nd – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.



22nd – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: The Hard War,” 11 a.m.; “Egypt Eternal,” 1:30 p.m.


23rd – Museum and a Movie. “Egypt Eternal,” 1:30 p.m.


24th – South Carolina Art Camp begins.



24th – Museum and a Movie. “Egypt Eternal,” 11 a.m.; “Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife,” 1:30 p.m.
25th– Museum and a Movie. “Egypt Eternal,” 11 a.m.; “Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife,” 1:30 p.m.
26th – Museum and a Movie. “Egypt Eternal,” 11 a.m.; “Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife,” 1:30 p.m.
27th – Museum and a Movie. “Egypt Eternal,” 11 a.m.; “Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife,” 1:30 p.m.
28th – Museum and a Movie. “Egypt Eternal,” 11 a.m.; “Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife,” 1:30 p.m.


29th– Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.



29th – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: The Hard War,” 11 a.m.; “Egypt Eternal,” 1:30 p.m.
30th – Museum and a Movie. “Civil Warriors: The Hard War,” 11 a.m.; “Egypt Eternal,” 1:30 p.m.


Dates and times are subject to change. For the very latest information, be sure to visit our Web site often! southcarolinastatemuseum.org.







For additional information about these and other exhibits and events at the State Museum, please call (803) 898-4952 weekdays and (803) 898-4978 weekends.

The State Museum is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.


Admission is $7 for ages 13 to 61, $6 for adults 62 and over, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Children two and under are admitted free. Children under 13 cannot be admitted unless accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older.

To get free admission, store discounts and more benefits, join the Friends of the State Museum. Call (803) 898-4935 for information.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. School-age groups should have one adult for every 10 children, both in the galleries and in the museum store.

The museum's Web site is www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org. 
 

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