On Saturday, Sept. 30, the South Carolina State Museum will once again transform into the Museum of Oz, enhanced with even more exciting “Oz” events for the entire family all month. From the giant 30ft long x 12ft high witches legs, the winding yellow brick road leading to an even bigger Land of Oz, the Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. 4-D Theater showing Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience, guests will be whisked away in this wonderful adventure. With Saturdays in Oz, Tin Man Tuesdays and the new Auntie Em’s Harvest Fest, this October will be filled with magic at the State Museum.
Museum of Oz October Featured Events:
Saturdays in Oz (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Every Saturday in October the museum will host a number of family friendly activities from scavenger hunts, arts and crafts and educational activities and will welcome Wizard of Oz characters on-site throughout the museum from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays in Oz will kick off, Sept. 30 and end Oct. 28 with the ultimate Wizard of Oz party, complete with snacks, balloon animals, a costume contest, a scavenger hunt with prizes, games and more. Wizard of Oz fan fiction author Ron Baxley, Jr. will also at the museum signing copies of his novels. Saturdays in Oz is free with general admission. For a detailed list of each day’s activities, please visitscmuseum.org.
Tin Man Tuesday (Every Tues., 5 – 10 p.m.): Guests can experience the Museum of Oz after hours with Oz trivia at 6 p.m., museum ghost tours at 7 p.m., special planetarium shows like Skies over Oz at 6 p.m.and HalloScream Laser Lights at 7 p.m., night sky observing and The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™. The museum will be open late every Tuesday until 10 p.m. General admission for Tin Man Tuesday is 2 for $10. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.
Overnight in Oz (Fri., Oct. 13)
The South Carolina State Museum is giving families a chance to experience a spooky night in Oz on Friday the 13th. Guests will get to sleep amongst the museum’s exhibits and artifacts, meet Dorothy and other Oz characters, get a special museum ghost tour and a special screening of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ and our new planetarium show, Skies Over Oz. Museum education staff will be working hard in the Wicked Witch Alchemy Lab where guests will get to make and melt a wicked witch, play with Glinda’s Bubbles and more. Tickets are $35 per person for public and $28 per person for members. Space is limited. For a full list of Overnight in Oz activities or to purchase tickets visit scmuseum.org.
Auntie Em’s Harvest Fest (Sat., Oct. 14)
Celebrate Fall with Auntie Em, Dorothy and more at the South Carolina State Museum’s annual fall harvest festival. Guests will get to explore the Museum of Oz, enjoy delicious South Carolina barbecue and craft beer, see a tractor parade, click their heels to live musical performances, meet South Carolina artists and more. Auntie Em’s Harvest Festival will take place in front of the museum, as well as in the lobby and in areas throughout the museum. All Harvest Festival activities are included with museum general admission or membership, except for 4d and planetarium shows, food, beverages and art purchases. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.
Growl at the Moon
Columbia’s most unique Halloween event is back for its 4th year with more Halloween and museum haunts and delights. From 7 until 11p.m., guests will experience museum ghost tours, a laser light show set to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, fortunetelling in Professor Marvel’s Room, night sky observing in the Boeing Observatory, live music by DJ Tru, food, craft beer with a take-home custom growler, The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ and more. Tickets can be purchased online at scmuseum.org.
The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience (Sept. 30 – Nov. 3): Playing in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4-D Theater, The Wizard of Oz comes alive as never before in the amazing 16 minute 4-D experience. With digital 3-D and state-of-the-art special effects including wind, lightening and many more surprises, this beloved classic becomes a modern 4-D adventure as the infamous tornado carries guests to the magical Land of Oz. Guests will join Dorothy,Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and even the Wicked Witch as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.
The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience was produced by SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, through a license agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. SimEx-Iwerks is the leading innovator of immersive 3-D and 4-D attractions and the exclusive distributor of the industry’s best-selling film titles. The company supports over 150 family-friendly attractions in more than 30 countries. Visit scmuseum.org for a list of showtimes and tickets.
Skies over Oz: Hear the tale of Dorothy’s epic adventures in Oz told as a constellation myth, using imagined patterns of stars in the night sky. Guests will also get a look at the current night sky from here at home in Columbia. Showing in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium every Tuesday and Saturday in October.
Haloscream Laser: Guests will experience a dynamic laser show choreographed to classic Halloween tunes like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Ghostbusters in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium. Showing daily.
As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience. Visit scmuseum.org.
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