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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Highlights in an awesome hour, or spend all day exploring!

Guided highlight tours on the hour are the way to begin. The docents do an awesome job getting you... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Patti B
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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Fun time at the museum

Fun time visiting the museum after so many years with my mom, my son and my brother’s family. Way... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks 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 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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“south carolina” (57 reviews)
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Guided highlight tours on the hour are the way to begin. The docents do an awesome job getting you to every floor and explaining popular exhibits giving just enough information to spark interest of where you might want to go back and dive deeper into...More

Thank Patti B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun time visiting the museum after so many years with my mom, my son and my brother’s family. Way more than the 4D movie or the planetarium show, my absolute favorite part of visiting the SC State museum is hands down watching the video about...More

Thank sylvieFS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went there with friends as a birthday gift. It was the best museum I've been in for a while. They also had it setup for the up coming eclipse. They had a movie on the eclipse to come. Very informative!

Thank Robert O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had not been to the museum in a number of years and forgot just how much historical information is housed there. Got to experience the "Polar Express" and the observatory. It just doesn't get old.

Thank Eric C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4 stories of South Carolina history. One could spend days in there and not fully see everything. Wonderful special exhibits. We were a group of ages 6 to 65 and all enjoyed this experience!

Thank MBChemist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in town for the weekend and wanted to learn about the state, and we did! We took the free hour-long docent-led tour, to get an overview of the exhibits and highlights. Each docent gives a different tour, and it's great to learn more...More

1  Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

One could easily spend an entire day touring the various exhibits at this fine museum. I found the cultural history displays on the top floor to be of greatest interest. My only quibble with the place is that the science sections seemed very dated and...More

Thank pds209
Reviewed 30 November 2017

The content of this museum is not earthshaking but the displays are both well presented and informative, covering a wide span of local history, economics etc.

Thank hunger4d
Reviewed 3 November 2017

I was especially impressed with the historical collections, but there is a great variety of art, history, and science in this museum. We took a guided tour of highlights from all 4 floors with our school group. The docent was wonderful. His passion and pride...More

Thank virginiatravelers3
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We came to see a planetarium show which we ended up seeing all by ourselves. Schools generally come Tuesday through Friday. We visited on Monday which was why no one else was in the show. We also got a 'private' tour of the telescope by...More

Thank 2Birdsfishnfrogs
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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.
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.
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