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South Carolina State Museum

Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: 803-898-4921
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Ranked #6 of 50 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is filled with the best of the state's history, science and...
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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 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!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Columbia, SC
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29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The SC State Museum now has a state of the art planetarium, observatory and 4 D theater. They are all awesome! The planetarium has different shows at different times. I saw the Earth, Moon and Sun show. Great educational, fun experience. I am returning to see the show on Galileo. I highly recommend this attraction!

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VIRGINA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
6 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Fun, interesting and lots to learn. We went on a 1st Sunday and it was a real bargain. $1 admission and a few $ more to see 3 of the other attractions in the museum. Four floors packed full of exhibits. It was a great rainy day activity or any day for that matter. Recommend highly for any age.

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Irmo, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

South Carolina State Museum is an excellent place to take your family to look and learn about South Carolina. There are permanent exhibits on 4 floors and also has changing exhibits that highlight specific things from King Tut, Dinosaurs and Norman Rockwell. The gift shop -Cotton Mill Exchange is wonderful and it has much to pick from. If you are... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Our family went on a recent Sunday to the state museum with the express intent of seeing the dinosaur exhibit. Most of the permanent exhibits were good and informative. From the steam locomotive to the period pieces, it was about what I expected. The Huntley replica was cool with the working animatronics

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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The planetarium is awesome! Plenty of great seats. The 4D theatre is an EXCELLENT feature. Helpful staff, and our children are excited about LEARNING while having fun with activities, shows, and games....and snacks on select evenings.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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42 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I visited with a son and four grandchildren. I'm very familiar with the museum over the past 10 years. It is a great improvement with the new theater, telescope area, etc. Apparently they are still very short staffed because the older exhibits are not being maintained (light bulbs, switches, carpets, etc). It is a shame to let this gem deteriorate... More 

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