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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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10:00 am - 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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Well Worth The Money

There is so much to see, you should plan an entire day there with at least an hour break in between "sessions". I highly advise reading about the exhibits on the web and, if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

There is so much to see, you should plan an entire day there with at least an hour break in between "sessions". I highly advise reading about the exhibits on the web and, if possible, get a museum brochure, plan your day, then get there early. We visited on a Saturday which had multiple events happening in Columbia and the... More 

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Thomson, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We absolutely loved it, however there is so much to see, be prepared to be there awhile. It is 4 floors, and everytime you think you seen all of it there is more! We were there from about lunch time til closing and we didn't even do all the interactive stuff. Whew! We had a good time though. Was def... More 

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Chattanooga
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We really enjoyed the layout and exhibits. It seems like there is plenty here for everyone. The replica of the Hunley and collection of telescopes were two of my favorite portions of this museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We found it interesting to learn more about your area and state. It was more of a "hands-on" place for children though, but we still enjoyed it. A portion of the museum was closed which we felt should have been open along with the rest of the museum (the Civil War section) which we didn't understand why it would be... More 

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Farmington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We visited the state museum while visiting family in SC. We really enjoyed everything that the museum offered. The 4D theater was great! If you have kids, bring them they will absolutely love it.

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Pune
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Planetorium, 4d shows and big telescope.....its very simple but awesome museum ....built on cotton mill.....mix of science history and adventure....go for it....

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Decatur, Georgia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Seemed like it would be really good for kids but I found it a little boring for adults. Lots of "hands on" exhibits for kids to entertain themselves, while learning.

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Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The state museum is a must on your to do list. The museum has four floors of fun and history for all ages. I have been there several times and still have not seen it all.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

From the coastal entries to the first autos made in South Carolina, this is a great museum. It is in an old cotton mill and the building is almost part of the museum's display. There is a Confederate museum within the State Museum, and the new planetarium is great.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The SC State Museum is a wonderful place to visit and it's educational for ALL. It's a place for ALL ages. I took our children when they were in grade school. We have gone several times during their teen and adult yrs. Now that they have children, they take advantage of the resources. During the recent Christmas season, my daughter,... More 

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