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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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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
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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A South Carolina Treasure!

The State Museum is always a go to destination when family or friends are in town. The recently added theater and observatory are great. We have been here numerous times and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The State Museum is always a go to destination when family or friends are in town. The recently added theater and observatory are great. We have been here numerous times and always enjoy our visit. The museum is conveniently located near downtown, the interstate and USC.

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highstandards1034
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is very nice and has a display form almost ever era of our life. Very educational and nostalgic

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Have been to many children's museums and this one was disappointing. Several exhibits were closed, under construction, or interactive component was not working; it is connected to another museum but it requires an additional entrance fee; never could find any staff to ask questions or get information. Not easy to navigate - had to back-track often to get to a... More 

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We went here twice January 2015 and May 2015, loved it, this museum has some of the greatest history of South Carolina and the museum is actually housed in a real cotton mill factory (Columbia Mills Building) that had closed. There a many artifacts that are great to see and what a great hands on history lesson that this museum... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Great experience in Columbia. We loved our self guided tour of the museum. My husband is a history buff, and couldn't get enough of this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The Dark Matter show was very informative. It is a great museum. I highly recommend this place. We had fun sending messages via the Morse code.

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great museum with Planetarium. Amazing gift shop with all manner of items from South Carolina. Friendly staff that is helpful.

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Dudley, N.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This Museum was awesome. It had so many interesting things to see. We were really fascinated by the bug displays, and so many other displays.

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Essex, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Took my grandchildren to this museum this week on a visit to Columbia, SC. Adults as well as the children found many interesting exhibits. A little pricey and you actually had to pay extra to get into a couple of special exhibits, however, it was a very well put together museum. Very clean, very helpful staff, and definitely a nice... More 

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Columbia, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Had a three year old and a six year old and they had a ball. There are many hands on exhibits for children and adults. We were there about three hours and they were not ready to leave. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The 4-D movie, "Polar Express" was very good but too intense for the three year old. The... More 

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