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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Kids loved it. The State Museum has a niche when it come to intriguing young minds and allows them... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2016
montycoats
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Irmo, South Carolina
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well done

the museum is very interesting to visit. lots of different things to see. the price of admission is... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
danny c
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Cape Coral, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“four floors” (18 reviews)
“south carolina” (63 reviews)
“cotton mill” (15 reviews)
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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"four floors"
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"south carolina"
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"cotton mill"
in 15 reviews
"natural history"
in 12 reviews
"civil war"
in 32 reviews
"great gift shop"
in 10 reviews
"confederate relic room"
in 12 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 13 reviews
"all ages"
in 29 reviews
"learn something"
in 6 reviews
"on display"
in 16 reviews
"solar eclipse"
in 7 reviews
"old mill"
in 7 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 13 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 7 reviews
"whole family"
in 9 reviews
"planetarium"
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Kids loved it. The State Museum has a niche when it come to intriguing young minds and allows them to explore science, history, and the planet. I have been truly impressed with the delivery and the Amazing stories the children bring home. The kids cannot...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2016

the museum is very interesting to visit. lots of different things to see. the price of admission is reasonable. it is a nice side thing to do in downtown Columbia. lots of great restaurants near by.

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Reviewed 10 August 2016

It seemed like everywhere your eyes landed there was another thing to look at ponder. Take the tour!

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Up until recently, I had only made a few visits to the museum. I always found it dingy, Misty with broken interactive exhibits. No so anymore! It is very clean and everything seems to be in great working order. After a field trip that I...More

Thank Andrew F
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

I visit this museum once or twice a year. I enjoy my visit each time. There are so many different things to see. Mechanical and Automotive history. Manufacturing and Technological history. Natural history. Ecological history. Military history. So much to choose from. The onsite café...More

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had five hours to kill while waiting for a family event to begin. We decided to visit the museum and found that it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. We really enjoyed the exhibit on the Civil War. We...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Really wonderful, thought provoking exhibit. I think everyone should go. I had amazing conversations with friends and we followed up with the planterium and then a trip up to the observatory to look at the sun! The guide at the observatory was knowledgeable and we...More

Thank Adriane M
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

It had been years since I had been to the State Museum, my son's 3rd grade class went on a field trip this spring, and my husband chaperoned. They both came home loving it, and we went back as a family at the beginning of...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

The State Museum was quite a surprise. We started on the top floor which contained so much history that I think we were there for at least an hour. Great exhibits and information. The 3rd and 2nd floors were not as informative but presented well....More

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Spread over a number of floors this museum is exceptional and covers everything from the regional history and culture through to space. Magnificent exhibits and interactive things for kids to do you could spend hours here. Also worth paying for the additional civil war exhibition...More

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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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