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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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I cannot say enough good things about this place. It has a little bit of everything. History... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Columbia, South Carolina
Terrific museum for the entire family

This renovated old building is a charmer and absolutely the best civil war exhibit we have seen... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I cannot say enough good things about this place. It has a little bit of everything. History, science, technology, trains,dinosaurs, and lots more. My boys (5&7) love it. We can spend the entire day and enjoy every minute of it. We have gone several times...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This renovated old building is a charmer and absolutely the best civil war exhibit we have seen. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. We were pressed for time and could have spent all day at this home run of a museum.

Thank 204Glenn
Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot recommend this Museum enough - Natural History, Regional History, General Science, Archeology, Palentology, Astronomy, Planetarium, Art, on and on. We arrived when they opened at 10am expecting to spend a couple of hours. There was so much to do and see we ended...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The S.C. State Museum has really improved over the past few years. Great exhibits! The current art exhibition is worth seeing all by itself. The planetarium is awe inspiring. This is something S.C. is doing very well.

Thank Nick1946
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for a homeschool fieldtrip. It was our first time visiting. The museum is very beautiful. Homeschoolers get into the museum for free. They also have homeschool days you can attend. The museum is quite large. Exhibits are very well done and very...More

Thank ChristyLouJohnson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. It’s great for the whole family. They have a hands on children’s section where kids can jump in a fire truck, fly a plane, or grocery shop and much more. Across the lot is the museum section with a gift shop,...More

Thank SunnySam14
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am sure that my grandchildren, ages 6 and 8 enjoyed the movie, but value for the price was just not there. I took them thinking it would be a full length movie - but it was an episode of the series, lasting about 15...More

Thank patthecma
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Very interesting museum. I learned a lot about South Carolina History. Maker sure to go on a sunny day so you can view the sun from the observatory.

Thank Shaymus
Reviewed 12 September 2017

The museum has a lot to offer--natural history, cultural history, and science exhibits. I especially enjoyed the optical illusion exhibits--they were great! The planetarium show was very interesting as well. The cost is fairly cheap as well.

Thank meglynn732
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We came to Columbia to view the Total Solar Eclipse. In searching for a way to learn more about eclipses and to potentially view it from, we investigated the South Carolina State Museum. The museum advertised a Solar Eclipse weekend with 'special programs' for the...More

Thank Paul A
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6 June 2017|
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Response from ZeldaMcSC | Reviewed this property |
Yes. FYI, Admission to the Civil War relics room and the downstairs gallery is free.
23 May 2017|
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Response from sam n | Reviewed this property |
There is a package that we got when went that included the main museums and attractions. I seem to remember that if you wanted to see more than 3 of the offered attractions the package became worthwhile.
David H
20 January 2017|
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Response from stanley824 | Reviewed this property |
There are interactive exhibits at the museum for children. If at child is at the age of five, it would a fun visit. Edventure is a great for younger children. A lot of interactive activities at Edventure and children can be... More