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South Carolina State Museum

Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: 803-898-4921
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Ranked #7 of 52 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is filled with the best of the state's history, science and...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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
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!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
42 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I visited with a son and four grandchildren. I'm very familiar with the museum over the past 10 years. It is a great improvement with the new theater, telescope area, etc. Apparently they are still very short staffed because the older exhibits are not being maintained (light bulbs, switches, carpets, etc). It is a shame to let this gem deteriorate... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

After not going the South Carolina State Museum for three years, my breath was taken away. So many new exhibits and some old ones that I still love. The dinosaurs were very impressive and the Galaxy Space Exhibit was so unique. Since every thing was made by hand. The best part of my trip was going to see the Polar... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Southern History, friendly South Carolinian employees.Located by Civil War Museum. I plan to return.

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virginia
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20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Great variety of activities and exhibits. Plenty of interesting things for people of all ages, some good interactive exhibits as well. Small but nice gift shop, a bit overpriced. Has been a regualr stop for our family for years when we come to town to visit relatives, our teenagers and twenty something's still look forward to visiting this museum!

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Chapin, South Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great place to take grandchildren. Many interesting historical displays. Kids loved the dinosaur display and the 4D movie.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Recently took my 6 year old grandson on a "Columbia" trip for his birthday - the state fair - the zoo & the state museum (which I had never really had a desire to go to before). We stayed for hours (literally) & still were not ready to leave. We were there when they had the dinosaurs & that was... More 

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new england
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12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were impressed by the size and quality of the museum. We were only there for a couple of hours and wished we had allocated more time. The exhibits are of interest to adults, and there are exhibits geared to children. Naturally going with or without children will dictate where you linger.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place is a joke for out of towners. A couple of my co workers went last month and we are all from other states. We were so disappointed and could not believe you had to pay fro every section of the musuem. And really? You call that a planetarium? Will not be going back! One more thing, can someone... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Still enjoy looking at the old exhibits,always find something educational and new. The planetarium is state of the art and the guides are well informed. Even the shows geared for children are amusing for adults. Love the 4 D movies. This museum does South Carolina proud.

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Columbia Sc
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Always adjusting to present the finest exhibits to the people of South Carolina. Allow enogh time to enjoy the history of everthing from Prehistoric times to the Civil war to modern America

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