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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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Full of symbols, including those of the confederacy

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I recently visited here with my son's class and it was a very neat, and well maintained place. We learned much about the history from a governmental to an architectural standpoint. It was a hot day and the AC was working great. The grounds are beautiful and the kids loved looking for the stars on the building from battle damage.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

My niece and I wanted to take the free state house tours on Saturday, but we were a little late. I believe the last one was at 2:30 pm. We went into the state house anyway and looked at it without a tour. It was nice inside and we read the brochure that described the history and told us about... More 

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Ludlow, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very nice State House! My son brought me here during my recent to his new hometown, Columbia, SC. There are many buildings around the statehouse, almost a quadrangle. Lots of history there. My son pointed out bronze stars attached to the Statehouse itself which mark where rounds hit the building during the Civil War. Lots of nice statues around too

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Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Right down the road from USC, a nice lunchtime walk-around. The building is impressive, and the grounds very nice. Don't go out of your way, but if in the area, check it out.

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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Visits to historic buildings never fail to blow me away and this visit hit the spot! From the Colloseum in Rome to the Capitol in DC , a wealth of knowledge awaits you as you pass through the doors? The building was refurbished in the 1990's and is now alive in all its glory, the tour starts with a very... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The building is magnificent and lots of great paintings and displays. Our tour guide took us to both sides (House and Senate) and it was really neat to see how things are done. Lots of historical info as well. The grounds are awesome also Highly recommend. Also - it was a free tour - and don't forget to check out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

In town with the family for another event and stayed in a hotel about a 15 minute walk from the capital. So we went down and walked around the grounds. It was a nice afternoon (a lot of kids taking prom pictures). Didn't get to go inside but we enjoyed taking pictures of the grounds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Park lands surrounding capital building are impressive, nice palmetto trees and statues. Of controversial interest is the confederate flag out front. The inside is underwhelming. Surprised at how small it was. Nice stain glass ornament work around the meeting rooms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

When I was a young child, my parents and I always went to Columbia every Sunday for lunch. Afterwards, we would walk the grounds of the State House and buy peanuts to feed the pigeons and squirrels. It was not open for tours on Sundays back then, and I was an adult before I ever saw the interior. I have... More 

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