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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
803-898-4921
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Ranked #7 of 55 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Good place for overview of SC history & geology, with science everywhere. There are some well-thought out hands-on displays. Good explanation of forestry harvesting. Loved that this is in a historic building! Discounts for in-state homeschoolers. Free parking. Elevators available. **If sensitive to loud noises, do yourself a favor & find out when tour groups will be there. Sounds can... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great asset to South Carolina.Glad we have it for our state.It continues to get better as well as special exhibits.For such a small state ,SC has a great museum

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Columbia, South Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
32 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

A fun educational way to spend a few hours or 1/2 day. Depending on your interest, there is plenty to see and do at the state museum. It is not very big but big enough so you are not overwhelmed of what to do next. The 4D movies are a lot of fun to watch for all ages (they are... More

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The SC State Museum is housed in a building this is an exhibit itself. It was a state of the art textile mill of its day, well preserved and unique, and now it is the home of the museum. Inside the museum are displays relating to various points of the history of our state. Several floors and lots of room.... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

After millions of dollars in renovations and the addition of a planetarium and a 4D theatre, this already wonderful museum is now an A+. If you're visiting Columbia, or live here, the State Museum is a must see. It has a great gift shop as well...buy SC for the holidays.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum has been extensively enlarged and renovated. The planetarium is worth the visit alone but check the website for event schedules. There are lots of fun interactive things for children and the gift shop is way above average for these types of places.

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Chapel Hill, NC
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68 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This museum is in a beautifully restored cotton mill. It's got extensive history displays of S.C. as well as a planetarium and 4D IMAX theater. Great, great gift shop also, for all your S.C. gifts.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My husband and I took our 2 year old daughter. They have a nice collection and informative exhibits, HOWEVER, as my daughter excitedly ran around the train and toward a horse, she was greeted by a gruesome clown and vampire. She was terrified and it pretty much ruined our visit. I understand it's a week before halloween, but there was... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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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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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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