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EdVenture Children's Museum

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Address: 211 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3067
Phone Number: +1 803-779-3100
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia, SC is ready to take you on an...

EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia, SC is ready to take you on an interactive journey that will open doors to new ways of exploring your world. From romping through the amazing anatomy of EDDIE(R), the world's largest child, to firefighting on a full-size fire truck or discovering the mysteries of DNA, EdVenture is the perfect destination for curious minds and the ultimate launch pad for sparking imaginations! Behind EdVenture's doors, are nine world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum's front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children's Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on experiences!

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Always love this place. My kids enjoy the slide and indoor playground every time we go. They also love the interactive learning Games and fire truck.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 February 2016
cindy h
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We spend a full day here about once a quarter and have a ton of fun! Look for .12 cents Tuesdays and Bank of America Museums Days (one free admission ticket first Saturday of the month) for discounts. Look at their Calendar of Events online to find discount days and seasonal / traveling exhibits. This museum is totally hands-on for... More 

Thank artMom93
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

My children absolutely loved "the biggest 10 year old." You play inside his anatomy. This definitely sets it apart from other children's museums. They also have a great art/craft room.

Thank Thompsonian
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

They really enjoyed their visit. They especially enjoyed the fire truck and sliding down the firemen's pole. they also enjoyed the farmer's tractor and the mini grocery store. They could pretend to go grocery shopping and put their pretend food in a mini shopping cart! They even check out their purchase at a mini cash register. There are even an... More 

Thank Patty E
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

I think parents should get free or at least half price entry to guide children through this hole. There were so many missing or malfunctioning interactives. My children probably would not want to go back often, as we are thinking of moving to Columbia. Compared to our local Children's museum EdVenture is a dump. Like other reviewers said its dirty... More 

1 Thank 448sonjah
Akron, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

The place was dirty. Most of the hand sanitizers were empty or broken. You could see the dirt on the toys. The human body had trash at the end of one climb down area. It would have been a great exhibit if they had signs saying what each organ was and an explanation of its' function. My boys liked the... More 

4 Thank irishmen5
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Always love this place. My kids enjoy the slide and indoor playground every time we go. They also love the interactive learning Games and fire truck.

Thank cindy h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

This place was an awesome experience the staff was top notch and I would recommend this place for people to visit. My son is 23 months and had a blast. There is a ton of different things to do. You could be in there all day.

Thank Crystal W
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

I took my 15 month old grandson on a rainy day. He had lots of room to run and explore even though some of the exhibits were for older children, he enjoyed the energy and excitement of kids everywhere. There is a room on the 2nd floor for younger kids only but he liked interacting with most of the older... More 

Thank Debbie G
Columbia, sc.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Kids from 12 and under love this place. My grandchildren love it and ask to go every time they are in town. Older kids may not be interested in repeat visits except when the snow village is there around Christmas time or when the butterflies are there in the spring. Those two things normally bring the older ones in.

Thank Bdendy
Pineland, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

We had an awesome experience at EdVenture. We took our four year old for her birthday along with our other children and family. This place is fun and educational. Our children played till they were exhausted. We will definitely have to revisit in the future.

Thank Nicole W

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