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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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Beautiful historic building!

This is a beautiful courthouse inside and out. Outside you can see damage left by Shermans cannonballs and a damaged statue of George Washington. Inside is beautifully decorated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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114 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful courthouse inside and out. Outside you can see damage left by Shermans cannonballs and a damaged statue of George Washington. Inside is beautifully decorated with interesting paintings and the staff was exceptional! This is by far one of my families favorite capital buildings.

1 Thank tinaaustin
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We joined the final tour of the day while it was already in progress. Wish we had been able to take the whole tour because the part we did experience was filled with fascinating facts about the building and South Carolina's political history. We're not even from South Carolina, but we enjoyed this tour immensely.

1 Thank Dini O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very lucky to visit on a working day and once past the security clearance had access to all areas. Excellent free tour is given by very well informed volunteers. We were there on a day where groups were being recognized and lobbyists were busy at work. The building is impressive and the grounds are lovely for sitting or... More 

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Greenville, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The renovated interior is beautiful, and interesting tours are given each half hour on most days - Free. This place has so much history and symbolism at each turn it's almost like a museum. If you want to learn about our state's past leaders, its involvement in "The War", and how its legislature is structured, this will be time well... More 

1 Thank SouthernFamilyOf3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like history, I highly recommend a visit here. South Carolinans aren’t afraid of their history, good, bad, or otherwise. I recommend the guided tour over the self-guided. I’ve done both and you will learn significantly more on the guided (plus it’s still free!). Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, even down to where the materials came from to build... More 

1 Thank Happy_Wanderer_MN
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were in town on a Sunday and decided to take a walk in the city. What a magnificent building the South Carolina State House is ! It is situated in a beautiful park like setting surrounded by a number of historic statutes. Unfortunately for us, the building was closed on Sundays (just like a lot of... More 

2 Thank Keith S
Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a very pleasant visit and learning experience with a kind staff who were ready to assist or provide information upon the asking. Lots of stories accompanied the paintings and photographs on the walls and the nicely-manicured grounds were decorated for the Christmas season.

1 Thank Nina C
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The South Carolina State House is a great historic site. The architecture is stunning and the building still has places that show where it was damaged during the Civil War. Inside features iron work, stone work and beautiful wood carving, all built by craftsmen in the 1800's.

1 Thank Dave Y
McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful building which replaced the original that was torched by Sherman's troops when they burned one third of Columbia. The grounds are beautiful and contain many monuments dedicated to the Confederate States of America, famous people from South Carolina, and a hidden gem, a cannon from the USS Maine whose explosion triggered the Spanish-American War.

1 Thank DDay1959
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Our quest to see every state capitol brought us here briefly. Beautiful building with large park area around building. Easy access from highway and we were able to find a place to park while walking around and taking a pictures on a clear and sunny fall late afternoon.

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