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South Carolina State Museum

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Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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+1 803-898-4921
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring...

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.

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Lots of unknown SC history

this is a huge museum- 4 levels and lots of square footage. several items include information regarding the historical significance from people from SC such as Charles Townes as... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael C
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Greenville
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Greenville
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

this is a huge museum- 4 levels and lots of square footage. several items include information regarding the historical significance from people from SC such as Charles Townes as well as other well done displays throughout the museum. Usually not crowded and inexpensive. Give yourself 2-4 hours at least, especially if you do the 4d Theater or planetarium show. locals... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I wanted to go to the zoo on Good Friday, but it was packed. We decided to visit the State Museum because we had never been. It is pricey...no discounts unless you are military. I asked if they offered teacher discounts, and the woman was downright rude when she told me no. The exhibits were okay, nothing... More 

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Thank Stephanie D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a bit of a history buff so I loved the museum and all the civil war era stuff. They had a great variety of things to see from the civil war to ww1 to transportation throughout history to the Wild West. It was a great visit and the planetarium visit was cool too.

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FORT SMITH, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love museums. This one had something for everyone. Kids will love as much as adults.This is a must see.

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Thank ARSANDI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of space, not much filing it. You have to pay quite a lot extra for some of the attractions within the museum. We're English and are used to many of our major museums being free. When we went some galleries were closed and there seemed to be a lot of empty space?

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Thank Susan S
Tucson
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the drive off the main drag and the main entrance, I was not expecting much, but boy was I ever surprise. I had tons of stuff to see and lots of interacting displays. I would highly recommend it. Tucson

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Thank Hieb1024
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited when the Race exhibit was showing. Super interesting to learn how the concept of race is a modern idea. The museum was good...a little dated in places. Fabulous gift shop.

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Thank Marcia W
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made first visit to see the Xanthus Smith exhibit, runs through Aug '17, which was well displayed. Smith was a maritime artist, famous for depicting Civil War era battle ships in paintings and drawings, but also did well-rendered coastal scenes and landscapes. Our time was short but we were pleased to discover there is more to see than what we... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

The exhibits range from art collections (I loved the metal displays!), planetarium and space, prehistoric animals, early settlers (Native Americans), Antebellum SC to more modern times. I wanted to visit the museum to learn more about SC's culture and peoples, which I did in interestingly displayed exhibits. I actually spent 4 hours exploring!

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Thank Sharon L
Lexington, South Carolina
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

The new exhibit on sea monsters of the prehistoric area is great for both adults and kids. The story is told about a baby female aquatic dinosaur. We follow here form birth through various near death experiences until her eventual death from old age. She is identified by a shark tooth left in her fin millions of years after her... More 

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