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South Carolina State Museum

Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: +1 803-898-4921
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Ranked #8 of 100 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent...
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Type: Science museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Hours:
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
Owner description: 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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Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum had a lot to offer, both for adults and children. It's something everyone should do. Nothing like a little history to put some things about life in order.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

4-D Theater and Planetarium are state of the art. Also 3-4 working telescopes make looking at stars, the moon, or even the sun an easy task for anyone. Check out the Museum and the new renovations! They stay open late on Tuesdays as well to look at stars and they have special planetarium shows. Fun place for all!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Our SC State Museum has something for all ages. The Planetarium is wonderful with all kinds of 4-D movies. There is a fantastic display of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War as well as in the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. There are all kinds of hands on displays for the kids to learn and play with. They... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

For 2015 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Relic Room has a wonderful display. The creators and curators challenge visitors to think about the ethics of Sherman's march through the South Carolina. The normal exhibit is very nice as well, with displays about prominent South Carolinians.

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Chesnee, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

This was my fiancé's and I 1st time visiting the State Mueseum. It was a learning experience. So many hands on things to do and learn about the history of SC. Nice art sculptures and things you couldnt image being there. Loved it and will return again.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

not much for kids. i was there for a luncheon and my husband went around with the 3 kids. It is a big place and I loved that they had LARGE elevators. Did not go into the IMAX part so I am sure that may have been better for the kids, but walking around was not much for them. We... More 

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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
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36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This large museum was built inside part of an old cotton mill. There is so much to see, it is difficult to say where to begin. So, we began on the first floor and worked our way to the fourth floor. There were supposed to be two aircraft at the museum, but no one seemed to know anything about them.... More 

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