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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Place of Wonder

Absolutely enlightening. My children love it, there is so much interactive and educational displays... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
NarrowMender
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Lexington, South Carolina
Something to interest almost anyone is here.

My husband and I busted together and found very different highlights in the same exhibits. I found... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bolild
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“four floors” (16 reviews)
“south carolina” (60 reviews)
“natural history” (12 reviews)
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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+1 803-898-4921
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"four floors"
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"cotton mill"
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"civil war"
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"great gift shop"
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"confederate relic room"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"all ages"
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"learn something"
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"on display"
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"solar eclipse"
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"old mill"
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"great place to visit"
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"kids and adults"
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"whole family"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely enlightening. My children love it, there is so much interactive and educational displays not to mention all the awesome events. Has to be one of the coolest Museums around

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I busted together and found very different highlights in the same exhibits. I found the social structure of Native American tribes fascinating while he was drawn to the weaponry. I liked seeing how cars changed South Carolina while he admired a private...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From start to finish you are impressed by what the museum has to offer. Great customer service by staff, Great exhibits, and amazing activities offered. We came here on there second shift Tuesday which offered specials savings for after hours admission. The price for the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good for a quick lunch in a pleasant atmosphere. Wraps were very good, cookies were great! Nice city views from the windows. The museum has many exhibits including geologic history of the area, sea life, railroads, SC history, 4D theater shows, and a planetarium.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed with the many elements that make SC what it is today, especially for newcomers and visitors. They cover it all without overdoing it in a very tastefull way. They also offer many shows to enhance your visit. Very well done.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a native Columbian, I've been to this museum plenty of times for school trips and to see the special exhibits--they're all great! There are plenty of activities for kids to enjoy and a lot of interesting artifacts and information for adults. They also have...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

When my kids were little we would take them toe the State Museum nearly every week. They have great exhibits and a play area for the kids. It is a very large space so even on a crowded day you don't feel cramped. My kids...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

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

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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
22 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
19 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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