COLUMBIA, S.C., September 21, 2016 – On Saturday, October 1 the South Carolina State Museum will transform into the Museum of Oz, full of exciting events for the entire family all month. From the giant 30ft long x 12ft high witches legs (we landed on the Wicked Witch of the East), the winding yellow brick road leading to a magical haunted forest, the Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. 4-D Theater showing Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience, guests will be whisked away to the wonderful Land of Oz. With Saturdays in Oz, Tin Man Trivia Tuesdays and the always popular signature event, Growl at the Moon returning for its third year, this October will be filled with magic at the State Museum.
Museum of Oz October Activities Include:
The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience (Oct. 1 – Nov. 4): 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.
Saturdays in Oz:
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 all day. Saturdays in Oz will kick off, Oct. 1 and end Oct. 29 with the ultimate Wizard of Ozparty, complete with snacks, balloon animals, a costume contest, a scavenger hunt with prizes, games and more. Saturdays in Oz is free with general admission. For a detailed list of each day’s activities, please visit scmuseum.org
Tin Man Trivia: Guests can brush up on their Wizard of Oz knowledge with Tin Man Trivia, during Second Shift Twosday, from 6 until 7 p.m. with great prizes. Each Tuesday guests will split up into teams for four rounds of competition.
Museum Ghost Tours: Take a stroll with the spirits this October at the South Carolina State Museum! Every Tuesday evening in October, join a storyteller for an hour-long ghoulish and entertaining tour through the museum. You will hear legends, folk stories, and chilling ghost stories from the coast to the mountains, including tales from Columbia, and spine-tingling experiences in our own haunted museum. This tour is included in the price of admission. Regular tours and kid friendly tours will both start at 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the museum.
Spooky Sky Tour: See the spooky side of the Universe in this Halloween-themed live presentation about the night sky using a digital system to show guests what they can see overhead after sunset and also some things they can’t see. Showing in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium every Tuesday in October at 6 p.m.
Haloscream Laser: Guests will experience a dynamic new laser show choreographed to classic Halloween tunes like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Ghostbusters in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium every Tuesday in October at 7 p.m.
3rd Annual Growl at the Moon: The State Museum will welcome guests to “Growl at the Moon” on
Thursday Oct. 27from 7 – 10 p.m. The event will feature the Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience, a laser light show set to the entire album of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Prof. Marvel’s Fortune Telling Room, live music from the Flat Out Strangers, delicious food from Doc’s Barbeque and craft beer. Guests can head up to the Boeing Observatory for some spooky night sky observing and take home their very own custom beer growlers. Wizard of Oz costumes are highly encouraged.
Growl at the Moon tickets are $35 for general public and $28 for members in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets includes food, drinks, admission to planetarium and 4-D shows and a custom empty beer growler to take home. Tickets can be purchased online at scmuseum.org. Event is 21 years of age or up.
About the South Carolina State Museum: 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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