State Museum displaying saber-tooth cat skull, meteorite, other fossils at 30th anniversary exhibit

Saber-tooth cat skull. Photos provided.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the State Museum will be opening a new exhibit Saturday. There will be artifacts and fossils showcased at the exhibit that the museum has acquired over the past 30 years. Some exhibit items that have been displayed every year, like the saber-tooth cat skull, will be showcased. Others will be on display for the first time.

According to the museum’s Public Relations Manager Jared Glover, the exhibit will highlight the museum’s collection of history, science, technology, cultural history, and art, to help tell the story of South Carolina.

Some of the natural history items will include a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, and a 77 million-year-old dinosaur toe. Cultural items on display will include a gown worn by (Myrtle Beach native) Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune, and a 76-year-old loaf of bread made by an army cook at Fort Jackson During World War II. Science-related items on display in the exhibit will include an iron lung, manufactured in Columbia during the 1960s.

There will also be more than 20 pieces of artwork on display. Guests will be able to discover work from award winning artists of all mediums.

The exhibit is included in general admission into the museum. Prices for admission are $8.95 for adults, $7.95 for seniors, $6.95 for children, and free for babies two-years-old and under.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Columbia, Education, Richland County