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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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nice tour

Tour was nice. Too bad we had to join about 20 third graders. There is lots of history. Gift shop was well stocked. The short video prior to the tour was informative and well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Kennewick
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Kennewick
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Tour was nice. Too bad we had to join about 20 third graders. There is lots of history. Gift shop was well stocked. The short video prior to the tour was informative and well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Interesting beautiful capital building Friendly staff (we recived guided tour), movie and tour are not busy with historical details from our point of view We saw both halls of parliament

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Albany, NY
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Starts with a 15-minute overview of the building and some of the historic people linked to it. Senate was in session the day we visited so we couldn't see the chamber, but the Assembly side was a nice stop. Make sure to check if it's field trip time - but our guide handled two dozen third graders without a hiccup.

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Minneapolis, MN
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231 reviews 231 reviews
152 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The capitol of South Carolina sits in the center of a lovely monument-filled garden. It is a rather small building compared to other capitols. The first floor is an array of South Carolina blue granite columns with just the governor and lieutenant governor offices and a few miscellaneous rooms. Two great wooden staircases, beautifully carved and gilded, lead to a... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Nice place to walk around and see the architecture. Big building looks amazing and is right next to downtown.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Call to be sure they are giving tours. Nice old building with beautiful grounds. Walking distance to great local restaurants and a few local bars.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Show on history of State house plus tours of Senate and Legislator areas. Many art and other viewable items to see and photograph.

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Wellington, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I stopped for a visit at the state house today and was so glad I did - what a beautiful building. There is a nice intro film and then a guided tour - that was excellent - even got to sit in while the house was in session. Loved all the statutes on the grounds - and seeing places on... More 

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Columbia, SC
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146 reviews 146 reviews
38 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The grounds of the SC State House are gorgeous! Very well-manicured! The walk is peaceful and educational. The monuments are great! I learned a lot about SC history just by reading them as we walked.

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Free tours on the half hour Monday through Friday. A short movie followed by a tour of the governmental areas. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Scattered throughout the State House aka Capitol grounds are lots of monuments. Many are civil war focused and honor the confederacy. For a northerner who hasn't much visited the south this stuff is jarring.... More 

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