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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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A surprise in Columbia- Worth Visiting !!

We filled a mid week morning with a visit to the South Carolina Museum in Columbia. What a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ooltewah, TN
New Exhibit Highlighting art Of Prof leo Twiggs--of the Mother Emmanuel Church-killings

While visiting the Confederate Relic room , I stopped in to visit the state museum. .An art... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edward S
Lexington, South Carolina
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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.
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  • 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 2 days ago

We filled a mid week morning with a visit to the South Carolina Museum in Columbia. What a treasure. Clean- Open- and well organized with lots of interesting displays. Even some 'Hands On' for children- plus a good mix of the very old- and current...More

Thank Billooltewah
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting the Confederate Relic room , I stopped in to visit the state museum. .An art exhibit of nine pieces of art by Prof Leo Twiggs highlighted the tragic murders of church members of the mother Emmanuel Church. It was very moving and reminds...More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is an entry fee and then there are several areas you pay additionally for if you choose to. We did add the 4D show to our entry price and it was a cute show with some fun effects. The main level doesn't have much...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a visiting "Yankee," I was interested in viewing how the museum treated South Carolina's past as a slave state and a member of the Confederacy, how it dealt with its Civil War heroes, and how it treated the contemporary use of the Confederate battle...More

Thank WestvaleWally
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have a membership after realizing it was more cost effective for us to visit. We go different times during the year as they do switch their venues & have different events all year. You can never be bored there. Spend a couple of hours...More

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Guided highlight tours on the hour are the way to begin. The docents do an awesome job getting you to every floor and explaining popular exhibits giving just enough information to spark interest of where you might want to go back and dive deeper into...More

Thank Patti B
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Fun time visiting the museum after so many years with my mom, my son and my brother’s family. Way more than the 4D movie or the planetarium show, my absolute favorite part of visiting the SC State museum is hands down watching the video about...More

Thank sylvieFS
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

I went there with friends as a birthday gift. It was the best museum I've been in for a while. They also had it setup for the up coming eclipse. They had a movie on the eclipse to come. Very informative!

Thank Robert O
Reviewed 29 December 2017

I had not been to the museum in a number of years and forgot just how much historical information is housed there. Got to experience the "Polar Express" and the observatory. It just doesn't get old.

Thank Eric C
Reviewed 27 December 2017

4 stories of South Carolina history. One could spend days in there and not fully see everything. Wonderful special exhibits. We were a group of ages 6 to 65 and all enjoyed this experience!

Thank MBChemist
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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