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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
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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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Fun for a kid and fun fro Grandma

I went there expecting another cutesy state museum but I came away totally impressed. The Julius Caesar exhibit was worth the price of admission alone but the rest of the museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is interesting from the perspective of "what should I know about SC"? A little about history. A little about nature. Some scattered entertainment for kids completely unrelated to SC and a few other neat collections (e.g., telescopes) also completely unrelated to SC. If I were visiting for a day or two, I would prioritize the zoo and probably... More 

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went there expecting another cutesy state museum but I came away totally impressed. The Julius Caesar exhibit was worth the price of admission alone but the rest of the museum is terrific too. The exhibits are spaciously laid out and excellent explanations and fun things to test and check out. We had a ball If you are in Columbia... More 

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Looking for something to do after attending grandson's graduation from basic training at Ft. Jackson that was different and indoors, we visited SCSM. We spent 3 hours there and enjoyed all of it. A nice place for adults and children. Your choice to visit the entire museum or just part of it. Not too pricey for 3 hours.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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63 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a bad museum, but there's definitely a lot of space with absolutely nothing to look at. We were told by the gentleman at the desk that our admission price covered the war museum that was under the same roof. However, after walking down there, we discovered that was not true. There's a little bit of everything in the State... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my neighbor Sunday and enjoyed the Julius Caesar exhibit. My favorite parts were the interactive war replicas, and the swords and armor.

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Elgin, South Carolina
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent exhibit --- take the kids or just a group of friends. Fun souvenirs also in the gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I’ve visited this museum several times over the years. Some of the exhibits I love seeing again and again – there’s always something I’ve missed. And then there are the visiting exhibits that are just awesome – like the Rome exhibit we came to see on this particular visit! The museum is housed in the shell of a former cotton... More 

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Greenville, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you like history, science (including astronomy!), agriculture, transportation, nature, or just seeing lots of interesting objects, you will find much to browse at this museum. It's also easy but a bit confusing to visit. The ticket booth is near the front door and off to the left, but the exhibits are wide open so general admission is on the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a visit as I hadn't been here in years. Counter person in a uniform couldn't have been less helpful. If I were a first time viditor, I believe it would be my last. Museum itself has many interesting exhibits.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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148 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My group of 'girls day out' were spending a out-of-town night in Columbia and looking for something to do on a cold rainy day, and ran across this on the Columbia website for 'things to do'. We normally don't choose museums, but this one was running a Holiday Pass special and it sounded like an interesting and different experience. What... More 

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