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South Carolina State House

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Address: 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-734-2430
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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Worth the time!

I stopped by to take a look and discovered free tours on Monday's. Was shown a shirt film and then about an hour and half walking tour. I really enjoyed learning the incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Todd S
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I stopped by to take a look and discovered free tours on Monday's. Was shown a shirt film and then about an hour and half walking tour. I really enjoyed learning the incredible history as well as drinking in beauty of the building and it's paintings. A must see if you are looking for something to do in Columbia.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

While visiting family in Columbia and looking for something to occupy an idle morning, we decided to chance a free tour of the State House. It was a gamble that paid off. For a visitor, it is interested to learn from the film and pre-amble how historical this state is - oldest state flag, oldest state seal, pivotal role in... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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71 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

I loved my time on the grounds and in the capitol building of the SC State House in Columbia. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained, and can easily take a 30-45 minute stroll to fully appreciate. The building is both majestic on the outside and elegant on the inside. The staff were friendly and very welcoming, and the 1-hour... More 

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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Beautiful building. Free guided tours last about an hour. You can see more when the House is not in session. Be sure to walk around the grounds. Beautiful monuments. There were a couple brides there taking photos on the staircase.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
57 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A lot of times we ride by and never give it a second look but getting out and walking around the grounds will amaze you.The history and the architecture as well as the beauty of the area is great.On some of the days that not much is going on with nice weather-why not look around

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glendora, ca
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51 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

we took the tour and our guide was knowledgeable we visited both houses of legislature and visited the main room where all the lobbyists came to talk to officials (rather interesting) some beautiful stairs, carvings, portraits, statues (john c calhoun) and lots of gorgeous ceilings it is easy to get around there and it is next to the u of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For students of the Civil War, this is a statehouse shelled by Union troops. The wounds are still marked by stars rather than repairs.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Didn't get to take the tour (timing didn't work out) but the guides were very friendly and helpful - we did see the video, which was informative and we enjoyed looking for the stars on the exterior that pointed out cannonball damage. Beautiful woodwork and glass inside, plus portraits of notable South Carolinians. Quite amazing that the exterior columns are... More 

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Bennettsville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Beautiful place and really nice love the sites and trees all around the State House we enjoyed it!!!

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very pretty architecture and surrounding grounds make for a nice walk either before or after you tour the building. Be sure to look for the stars on the outside of the building which are where cannon fire from Sherman's guns hit the building on his march to the sea. The building itself is not all that big but is well... More 

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