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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
803-898-4921
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Ranked #7 of 52 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Dinosaurs exhibit, planetarium and 4D movie were great. The rest of the museum was all very good for all ages. The free Observatory "Look at the Moon" night was so popular that the line-ups were unbelievable, but super idea overall.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We came wanting to be wowed by the new planetarium. The venue was nice, but the show was rather flat. Literally. The computer generated images weren't properly designed to be shown on a curved surface, so it all looked a little weird. Why not try to showcase some of the fantastic new stuff being discovered about astronomy rather than this... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The South Carolina State Museum is definitely worth the time and money. The exhibits are a little light for my tastes but I devour anything history related at a very alarming pace. The museum would be the perfect outing for families with school-aged children as it has a little of everything from dinosaurs to transportation to communication and the evolution... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must visit spot! At first I was against going thinking it wouldn't be fun but glad I was talked into it. They have so many exhibits and it's really all amazing. They have exhibits that kids and adults can interact with that make it a great place for family outings or a fun date. I only had... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The State Museum was only a $1 on Sunday, with extra charge for the featured display. We were pleasantly surprised with the size of the museum and the interactive displays for adults and children.

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Saint Matthews, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited this museum with our 3 kids (2 - 15 yrs) and there was plenty to do for everyone. We all liked the dinosaur exhibit, though it is a bit frightening for the younger ones. Lots of nice fossils and biology exhibits, technology, science, and antiques. 4 stories of exhibits and it was well laid out, a wide variety... More

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Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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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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