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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 - 6:00 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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Really worth a visit, lots to see, has lots of floor covering all interests, You can buy a ticket which includes two films, the 3D film is really good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Really worth a visit, lots to see, has lots of floor covering all interests, You can buy a ticket which includes two films, the 3D film is really good.

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Albany, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Plenty of history, hands-on and dinosaurs. Check if it's field trip day - the kids can make their share of noise. But depending on the day, you can come back later, as the museum stays open late, so you can avoid the crowds. Also make sure to check if the observatory will be open late - they give you a... More 

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Columbia, SC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is one place we and our grandchildren never get tired of. The entire museum is awesome and is kept current all of the time.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

They are really working hard to upgrade every section. I am happy to support this museum! Great gift shop, and cafe area too! Loved the 4D movie of Scrat from Ice Age.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went here when we had a coupe hours to kill while visiting the area and left having enjoyed a nice afternoon. It's a large museum with an appropriate focus on not only South Carolina, but the area going back hundreds of millions of years. You can walk through prehistoric times, pre-state times, and then through the progression the state... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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4 helpful votes 4 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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