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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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Went to SC State Museum for something inexpensive to do to learn a little about SC. Admission fee on Tuesdays after 5:00 was reduced and they're open later. Although the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Albany, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Went to SC State Museum for something inexpensive to do to learn a little about SC. Admission fee on Tuesdays after 5:00 was reduced and they're open later. Although the interactive buttons on some exhibits didn't work, it was still enjoyable. The Polar Express 4D show was fabulous...besides the 3D movie, there were smells, vibrations and misting appropriate to the... More 

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Huger, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This was our sons first time to a Museum and since he is crazy about The night at the museum movie we knew he would love it! And he did! The lady at the ticket counter was rude and not very helpful I'm glad we did't let her ruin our visit!

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Clover, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Hard to find with gps - use the signs to find it correctly. The exhibits covered everything - did observatory and could see sun flares. Cafe had panninis and beverages and was reasonably priced. Good place for whole family to see.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We enjoyed the museum partly for the architecture of the old mill building it is in, partly for the exhibits and also for the Planetarium. However, some of the old animal exhibits need to be replaced or fixed up (nature section) as they look very old, worn and needing some serious help. Also, it was pretty dusty on some of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

South Carolina, like all states, is "rich" in history. Sadly, the State Museum is not a particularly good exhibitor of that history. Despite very admirable efforts, the museum is not a high grade historical showcase. There are no real wow-factor artifacts and clothing and furtiture holds little interest for the average viewer. Particularly irritating is separate admission costs for the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This museum is so good that you should really visit and plan to spend at least a full day seeing all the great displays. If you want you own education to be enhanced and if you want your children and/or grand children to advance, you owe it to yourself to spend some time here.

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Sumter, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

SC state museum is always a fun and educational place for all ages. I've been to numerous exhibits including: the titanic, 3d Dinosaurs, Norman Rockwell, Pirates, movies in SC, etc. It's nice to see the year round pieces, and also a new exhibit every couple of months. I can't wait for the new renovations to be complete!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Very large variety of subjects on display in museum. The history of South Carolina is shown in great detail. Other forms of subjects also on display. Great value for admission cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The state museum is a great place to spend a day. There is something for everyone, from small kids on up. The exhibits are very well done and cover different eras of SC history as well as other interesting things with a connection to SC - lasers and Mars exploration for example. The new planetarium is very nice - make... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I took a friend who wanted to see an exhibition of flintlock rifles. The museum is neat, well organized and worth the visit.

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Additional Information about South Carolina State Museum

Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: +1 803-898-4921
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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