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South Carolina State Museum

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Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: +1 803-898-4921
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring...
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.
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I took a friend who wanted to see an exhibition of flintlock rifles. The museum is neat, well organized and worth the visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I took a friend who wanted to see an exhibition of flintlock rifles. The museum is neat, well organized and worth the visit.

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Pineville, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I love this place! I visit Columbia every year, and never get tired of the State Museum I go every time and there is always something new and interesting.

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West Chester, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

There are four floors of exhibits. We lucked up and went on a Tuesday when it was open later and $5/person. We stayed about 2 hours and were able to see all of the exhibits. It was a natural history, civil war, african american history museum and more. There was something for everybody to enjoy.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The South Carolina State Museum is very well laid out and has hundreds of exhibits. This is a great place for children and adults. There are lots of items to view and learn about. This is an excellent day trip for something different.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

My family and I drove from Charleston to meet some friends from Agusta. We decided to meet up at the museum. It was a very nice experience and our combined kids (8,9,13) had a great time. The items in the museum ranged from dinosaurs to space. Plenty of hands on for the kids too. We spent about 4 hours there... More 

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Ft Wayne
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Very nice museum with interesting exhibits. It wasn't crowded even though there were lots of people there. It is very large, so you don't feel like you are packed in with others. I highly recommend.

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Lake Elsinore, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Ive bern to Columbia plenty of times and was finally able to visit the state museum .. What a delight! The building is filled with historical fun. The many exhibits display a fantastic point of view following a uniquely placed timeline throughout the multiple floors of wondrous displays. The pangaea and land / ocean structure section was quite the sight... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

nice museums enjoyed the displays and it take about 2 hours to see the whole museum .it is not crowded and the 4 d theatre was a very new experience .

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Cedar Falls
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This was so much better than I thought it would be. We got there at noon and had to leave at 5 when they close but will be going back because we didn't see everything. My husband and I are retired, travel full-time and see museums everywhere and this is truly the best one I've ever been to. They have... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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127 reviews 127 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A must do while in Columbia. Beautiful museum with lots of history. Great family event and perfect for photos and memories. There are four floors of amazing exhibits to view. Be sure to see the Boeing observatory which is truly fascinating!

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Additional Information about South Carolina State Museum

Address: Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: +1 803-898-4921
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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