On Saturday, September 30, the South Carolina State Museum will once again transform into the Museum of Oz, enhanced with “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 the 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 am – 5 pm): 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 am until 2 pm Saturdays in Oz will kick off, September 30 and end October 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.


Tin Man Tuesday (Every Tuesday, 5 – 10 pm): Guests can experience the Museum of Oz after hours with Oz trivia at 6 pm, museum ghost tours at 7 pm, special planetarium shows like Skies over Oz at 6 pm and HalloScream Laser Lights at 7 pm, night sky observing and The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience. The museum will be open late every Tuesday until 10 pm General admission for Tin Man Tuesday is 2 for $10.


Overnight in Oz (October 13)

The South Carolina State Museum is giving families a chance to experience a spooky night in Oz 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 the 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.


Auntie Em’s Harvest Fest (October 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.


Growl at the Moon

Columbia’s Halloween event is back for its 4th year with more Halloween and museum haunts and delights. From 7 until 11pm, 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.


Featured Shows:

The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience (September 30 – November 3): Playing in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4-D Theater, The Wizard of Oz comes alive as never before in the 16 minute 4-D experience. With digital 3-D and state-of-the-art special effects including wind, lightening and many more surprises, the 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.


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 laser show choreographed to classic Halloween tunes like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Ghostbusters in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium. Showing daily.


For more information, or to buy tickets  visit scmuseum.org.