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South Carolina State Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great way to spend part of a day

We flinched a bit when we saw all of the school buses as we drove up, but went in anyway. For just... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Small but good natural history and astronomy museum - kids 8to 12

Good children's museum- geared to dinosaurs, sharks, nature, etc. Very nice planetarium. Can get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbia, 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...more
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We flinched a bit when we saw all of the school buses as we drove up, but went in anyway. For just $15.90, 2 seniors were able to see all of the exhibits - but not go to any of the separate shows available onsite....More

Thank Mink52
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good children's museum- geared to dinosaurs, sharks, nature, etc. Very nice planetarium. Can get pricey as admission does cover all the attractions. Look for free days. Attached to a military museum focused on the Civil War.

Thank MRRomanSC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent presentation of South Carolina's past with nice civil war era, reconstruction, and progression through to current times. Plan at least three hours to do it justice

Thank Bill L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I drove from Charleston to meet distant cousin from Greer, SC. I’m not local. Cute lunch place came up which was associated with the r the meet I walked through the museum an hour before closing. WOW Very Cute! Mainly designed for children, it still...More

Thank val m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a little bit of everything. It has exhibits talking about every part of South Carolina history and all of the major industries of the state. This was my first time visiting S. Carolina and I could have spent all day at this...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum and planetarium last week and really enjoyed it. There’s also an observatory, but we didn’t get a chance to visit that. It’s October, so it’s all about Halloween, of course! We really enjoyed the Wizard of Oz forest...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

My family enjoyed this museum. The staff was very helpful with my special needs daughter. Fun for the whole family

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 30 September 2018

The is a very nice facility in a renovated mill building. Enjoyed all of the exhibits, especially the observatory where we could look through a variety of telescopes and see several planets very clearly. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

Thank John_Nick_in_GA
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

really really big, with lots of stuff, some of which is worth looking at - though most of it is not. ok for kids? schoolgroups? the telescope was probably the best part

Thank zackreview2012
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

This is a very nice museum, worth a few hours of your time. The exhibits change often, so a return visit is worth the time.

Thank sallysue1279
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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.
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