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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
803-898-4921
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Ranked #6 of 53 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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Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Whether in town for a ball game or shopping, just a few blocks from the USC campus, this is a great place to take the family for a couple hours or more of fun. Plenty of activities and exhibits for the kids, but also plenty of items and material for adults. Being from SC, this reminded me of 7th grade... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The museum includes several floors that focus on different subjects (State History, Technology, Natural Science, etc.). The museum offers free maps for a self-guided tour. Give yourself several hours to see this place...there's a lot to see and take in. I really enjoyed it.

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Savannah, Georgia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I was able to visit this museum on the first Sunday of the month and took advantage of the dollar admission. Of course, the reduced price means that this is a pretty popular place on that day, and there were lots of people around. The exhibits were nicely done on multiple floors and I had a great time, despite the... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The newly expanded facility has lots to see. A 4-D theatre and new exhibits offer a lot as well as for the whole family. The Dinosaur Special Exhibition may be too much for really young children.

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South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

new 4-D theater, planetarium and observatory add more to the existing exhibits that tell the history of South Carolina and its environment. Colonial times to Space Exploration...fun for kids and adults. New telescope collection is pretty amazing, too. Make sure to leave time to do everything (there is a cafe for lunch). They are going to be open late some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Really educational and lovely historical museum. Love to visit again and not expensive place to visit.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

With three full floors of museum space, there is a lot of information/exhibits packed into this one building. The big hit for our grandchildren was the dinosaur exhibit. Different floors and exhibits cover South Carolina's past, with a life-size model of the USS Hunley - one of the few civil war submarines ever built, and the first to successfully sink... More

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

there are fifteen life size robotic dinosaurs that move and roar on tour(but may scare smaller children). Exhibit has lots of cool things to do in there for children such as puppet shows, plastic dinosaur to play with, digging for skeleton remains, posing for photo, and can see how big your feet compare to a dinosaur! has excellent gift shops... More

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Museum was under construction and should be finished by mid Aug. We found it to be very entertaining with the exhibits.

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Augusta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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