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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
803-898-4921
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Ranked #7 of 50 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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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

earlier this week I visited with 2 other adult family members on a rather wet day at the end of September. Well, we all thought that it was excellent and we filled a very happy 5 hours, including having lunch in the very adequate Crescent Cafe. The 4D theatre was great fun and I'm sure that kids of ALL ages... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Took my elderly father to see the special dinosaur exhibit, which he hated. Very few exhibits and really not worth the extra admission money. Dad deemed it "a childish venture to plug a gift shop." Young children probably would be thrilled, as there are dinosaur-themed playthings for them. The permanent exhibits in the main museum, especially the dinosaur ones, were... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Tons of history, very interesting for the whole family..nice! Very cool display on textile manufacturing, fascinating.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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