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South Carolina State House

1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
+1 803-734-2430
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Great visit.

As a South Carolina transplant, I needed to know more about my adopted state and this was my first... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bluffton, South Carolina

The State House tour was very informative, as South Carolina has been the site of many historic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.
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1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
+1 803-734-2430
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Reviewed yesterday

As a South Carolina transplant, I needed to know more about my adopted state and this was my first stop. Took a wonderful free educational tour led by a former history teacher. Beautiful building inside and out. Highly recommend if you haven't visited, whether a...More

Thank bms2
Reviewed 1 week ago

The State House tour was very informative, as South Carolina has been the site of many historic events. In addition, Columbia and the State House figure prominently in many wars and events.

Thank Kathleen A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful inside, great architecture in and out. Full of Civil War and Confederate history. Nice monuments surrounding the building including the Wade Hampton equestrian statue. Give yourself an hour to walk around.

Thank StonewallBrigade
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had our own private tour of the Senate House - fabulous. The guide was excellent and we learnt a lot about the building, the history of South Carolina, politics and so much more. And all for free.

Thank PLloydee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stop and view all state houses when doing our road trips. We viewed people pacing themselves running up and down the stairs. I felt like I was watching a Rocky movie. We didn't have time to tour around the inside due to time constraints....More

Thank MSO70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit. Take either a self-guided tour, or let a knowledgeable guide give you an interesting history lesson. The architecture is lovely, the staff is top-notch. Be sure to see all the statuary and points of interest on the grounds.

Thank sallysue1279
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone who visits Columbia and has not visited the State House should definitely plan a visit. Tours are free, and you will learn much about the history of the building and the legislative process. There is come great artwork and statues inside. Outside, the grounds...More

Thank John J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really good and worth visiting and taking a tour. Hotels can make arrangements also. You can do online or e-mail them also

Thank saisriorl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take time to visit this beautiful and historic reminder of our nations roots, revelry, art and current operation of government. The grounds are a botanical feast, flittered with numerous artistic monuments and remembrances. The building itself is a work of art, boasting modern earthquake proof...More

Thank Patti B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Someone really put some thought into this statehouse complex. I've visited a few state capitols, and SC's may be the prettiest. Love all the flowers and the monuments surrounding the building. Parking was a breeze; but I visited on a Sunday morning, so I expect...More

Thank mijacks1
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26 July 2017|
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Response from Kathryn P | Property representative |
Our tours are complimentary, but we do offer a Gift Shop with unique South Carolina merchandise. Hope you'll visit soon!
30 July 2016|
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Response from bakfar | Reviewed this property |
The State house should be of great interest to kids but ONLY if it is in session. Then it is great to see governing in action and the term lobbying takes on a new meaning when seen live. Make your plans accordingly.
30 July 2016|
Response from JackR46 | Reviewed this property |
Note - you do not have to take the official tour - you can take you own self-guided tour most of the time when the building is open for guided tours. Here's what their offical website says: • While the legislature is in... More