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Address: 1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
Phone Number:
+1 803-734-2430
10:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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Great tour and very interesting grounds

In addition to the excellent free tour of the inside of the building, I definitely recommend spending some extensive time walking around the grounds, where you can see many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer P
Mountain View, California
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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In addition to the excellent free tour of the inside of the building, I definitely recommend spending some extensive time walking around the grounds, where you can see many different monuments honoring South Carolinians who fought in various wars, Strom Thurmond (complete with revised text reflecting that he was the father of 5 children including Essie May, not 4 as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The State House tour was one of the most historic State House tours that we've seen and we've been to at least 12 capitols now. The plaques, people and statues around the statehouse were great symbols of the progress of the US.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. It started with a short film overview and then we toured the first floor and the chambers on the second floor. There was a good bit of art work depicting events in South Carolina history and I enjoyed looking at them and hearing some stories as well about them. The SC State... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Going on the tour at the State House is informative. South Carolina history and government is covered in the tour. On the State House grounds, there are are informative statues. A great place to enjoy an afternoon.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a simple yet enjoyable location near the vista. My wife and I really enjoyed looking for the stars marking the exterior where union cannons hit the building. The grounds around the state house have a number of parks, memorials and art work that is enjoyable.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting tour which provided information about South Carolina history and government. The tour is free and our docent was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and personable.

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Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The South Carolina State House is well worth a visit - the guided tour is free and takes you all around the building. The visit starts with a 15-minute video about the State house; then the guide takes over, starting the visit with the bottom floor and then going upstairs. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us interesting details... More 

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

For those that aren't aware, the State House is open to the public. I recently went on a guided tour with a group and it was well worth it. They start off with a video providing some history before actually taking the tour. There are a lot of neat things to see and a lot of things I didn't know... More 

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Terrell, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The South Carolina State house is not only a marvel of architectural design, its history is fascinating as told by the docents giving the guided tours. Ii was amazed at the amount of our nation's history involves South Carolina and the meaning behind some of our cherished traditions. Go! Learn! Be amazed! It's free, too!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We attempted to tour the State House the day after Thanksgiving, and were disappointed to find that it wasn't open. Maybe that's common sense, but if I were to re-do my afternoon in Columbia, I'd be sure to call ahead to ensure they were open and if they were offering tours! I found the website to be lacking information since... More 

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