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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Absolutely worth it

Who would have known that boring Columbia has such a gem. Absolutely worth to spend a whole day or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mw123123
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Must do!

Activities and sights for all ages. Favorite part was looking at the sun with a special telescope... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shannon L
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Columbia
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who would have known that boring Columbia has such a gem. Absolutely worth to spend a whole day or several days in it. For all age groups. History, science, culture, art .... There is something for everybody to explore here. And the first Sunday of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Activities and sights for all ages. Favorite part was looking at the sun with a special telescope. My daughter was 4 when we visited and we had a nephew that was 8. It appealed to both.

1  Thank Shannon L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful museum. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We bought a membership and plan to go back soon and take our grandkids.

1  Thank Robin D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is a great place to visit. On our visit we learned the history, geography, and customs of SC. The planetarium was very nice. We ran out of time but will try the theatre next time.

1  Thank Joann P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is open until 6:00 p.m. We went after 3:30 and got in half price. Full price to me was pricey when you are with a family. The Confederate Relic Room was an additional charge so we didn't tour that. There are four floors...More

1  Thank DonnaZ597
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had high hopes for the museum, but was really let down by what I found. First, I thought the admission high for what it was. Secondly, the exhibits were rather hodge podge and didn't seem to have a cohesive theme. I was very disappointed.

1  Thank Whitneyite
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum houses so many varied items which reflect the history and culture of South Carolina. They have included hands-on items and short videos as well. I was in awe of the many exhibits with authentic items from Carolina's past. From young children to seniors,...More

1  Thank Janice P
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Very interest exhibits. Lots to do. Kids and family friendly! Wear sneakers or walking shoes!! Kids museum in same parking lot.

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Four of us toured the museum on a Saturday and it wasn't crowded which surprised us since it's summer and we expected tourists to be visiting. We thought the exhibits were good learning tools for people who have not studied SC history or who are...More

Thank cruiseaddict97
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We went early on a Saturday afternoon to the museum. We were surprised by the low crowd, but were glad that we were able to take our time looking around the large museum without feeling rushed. Many of the displays could use an update (especially...More

Thank Elizabeth W
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tadams75
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.
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Mari806
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.
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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
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