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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
803-898-4921
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Ranked #6 of 49 attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Nice museum. Most exhibits are hands-on. The Science section especially has a huge room filled with things to play on while learning.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The museum is very nicely laid out and staffed by friendly people. The King Tut exhibit was interesting and educational. The giant shark and animal exhibits were fun to view. We didn't have time to view all the exhibits available but plan a return visit to see more.

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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great deal for a few hours of SC History and education. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon a the museum.

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Columbia, SC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Everyone can benefit from seeing this magnificent display and learn more about the history of ancient Egypt. It was thrilling to finally get to see what all of the hoopla is about. It helped me gain a better perspective of human history because there were a number of things invented back then that I thought came much later in mankind's... More

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South Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

King Tut's exhibit was fascinating. The museum had a great number of artifacts on display. The rest of the museum was masterfully portraying South Carolina through the ages. There was plenty for young and old.

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Columbia, SC
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We saw the Tut Exhibit. It was nice. Nothing new has happened since. We are members but won't be again. Their just needs to be more rotation of exhibits.

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Calgary, Canada
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186 reviews 186 reviews
75 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I visited this museum while attending a conference in Greenville. It was a very scenic drive to Columbia, ~1.5 hours away. The museum is huge, with 3 levels of exhibits plus a traveling exhibit (this costs extra, though). I spent 3.5 hours walking around, and still did not get to one full level and the traveling exhibit. If you are... More

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Appling, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

What is not to like? There are so many well designed and executed exhibits that your interest is constant. There is a particularly well done movie available to watch about South Carolina which is also quite informative. Plenty of parking helps too. Hard to cover all in one afternoon. Be well rested; lots of walking required.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We recently made a return visit to the State Museum. It's been a few years since our last visit. The first observation is currently there are ongoing renovations including a new digital dome theatre, observatory, 4-D theater and telescope gallery. which we're excited about. So having said that, you will enjoy the museum, but just overlook the mess. It is... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We went for the King Tut exhibit, but stayed several hours looking at the other exhibits. It is well worth he visit and we are already looking forward to the next big exhibit.

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