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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
803-898-4921
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Ranked #6 of 52 attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Science Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is filled with the best of the state's history, science and technology, art and natural history. Science... more » Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is filled with the best of the state's history, science and technology, art and natural history. Science demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, fine art and a children's center make this one of the top family attractions in the state. Sit in a replica of an1830s steam engine, gaze at a 43 foot model of a prehistoric white shark, step into a one room schoolhouse - it's always fun at the State Museum! « less
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Augusta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When we went to the Museum, they were in the middle of construction, so a decent bit of the museum was closed. We paid extra for the dinosaur exhibit, and it definitely was not worth the extra. They were all old school animatronics and the exhibit was extremely short. Quite a few of the main parts of the museum were... More

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a very well set up museum. It is not large compared to museums in major cities around the world but for its size, it includes an amazing amount of material. I understand that they are doing a major expansion and I look forward to seeing what that will bring. Our guide Nancy did an excellent job of bringing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Visit. Many things to see and to try out. Even the Dino's my little five year old liked it a lot. Can't wait for the re opening of the construction site. We def will come back

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Clover, South Carolina
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119 reviews 119 reviews
85 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Perhaps we are just used to much larger museums of NYC and Philly, but this museum can be done at a leisurely pace in about 2hrs. We did no do the extra dino exhibit which looked small and not worth it you have have been to larger museums with many real fossils and multiple areas. Since we just moved to... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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201 reviews 201 reviews
110 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

During our recent visit to the State Museum our granddaughter was eager to see the heavily-publicized exhibit “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time.” Like lots of kids, she’s fascinated by dinosaurs and knows a lot about them. Admission to the dinosaur exhibit is not included in the museum’s admission fee, but it’s worth the extra charge ($6-$8), especially in light... More

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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

On a hot July Sunday, I took my wife and granddaughter to visit the SC State Museum. The main feature was a dinosaur exhibit. The building was huge with much to see. There were hands-on exhibits where children and adults could participate. There were SC Revolutionary and Civil War history, state history, farming, geographical and natural area, dinosaurs finds,,, it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I spent the whole day at the museum, I was slightly dissapointed at the Dinosuar display, It was very small for the extra cost of the ticket. What they had was nice, though. There are several floors in the museum and lots to look at. I like reading everything and watching the videos. I'm not sure I saw everything as... More

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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

I have taken my kids to the museum dozens of times, we made a special trip to see the robotic dinosaurs. They have a total of 8 dinosaurs to see in the special attraction that is NOT included in your admission price!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Many exhibits for young and old.....tells a lot about our state and its history. Air conditioning helps on those blistering hot and humid days. There is diversity on every floor of the museum for young and old alike. Some may complain about the age of the building and its wooden creaky floors.....but to me ...that is the charm of it... More

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Elgin, South Carolina
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41 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a nice place to visit on a hot day :) there are lots of exhibits, so there is something for everyone here. Both of my teenagers enjoyed looking around, and talked about what they found interesting afterwards. There is also a gift shop, and plenty of free parking.

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