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South Carolina Military Museum

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Address: 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-299-4440
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I think a lot of people don't know of this museum. Two of my relatives living in Columbia didn't. This museum has uniforms, guns, sea rations, etc. from every war. They have full... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I think a lot of people don't know of this museum. Two of my relatives living in Columbia didn't. This museum has uniforms, guns, sea rations, etc. from every war. They have full size tanks. My husband is a Vietnam Vet and spent a very long time looking at everything.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Best military museum I've visited. Friendly staff, great displays and free. A must see. The museum was full of artifacts, firearms and transportation items used throughout the wars fought by the US , emphasizing South Carolina's role in these conflicts.

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Estacada, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

my husband liked it, he was in the military so he was more interested than i was. and my grandson thought it was interesting..i just wish they had a tour guide that would talk about it instead of haveing to read so much....

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Greenwood, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This relatively small museum is located at 1225 Bluff road in Columbia,co-located with he HQ of the SCNG. Entry wa by donation. A fabulous collection of antique small arms dated back o pre civil war . Highly prized collecton . Volunteer staff is outstanding. Dont miss this one.

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Clayton, North Carolina
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This a a very nice museum, a lot of neat stuff from out history, they had a lot of weapons in a display case, everything from the civil war to now. They also had some small vehicles in there collection that I had not seen before.

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This museum is certainly a must see if you like military museums and the best thing is that it is free! Excellent layout that takes you through the different military campaigns that SC has been involved in and has a very impressive collection of artifacts from weapons to vehicles. Can easily spend 2 hours here! Right across the street from... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Did I mention it's free? Everything is presented very and they have the uniforms for all of the different time periods along with their weaons and details on how SC was involved in the different periods. I was very impressed with everything. To top it off there is a large room full of vehicles used in war at the end.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

For military history buffs, or descendants of those who have served, this is definitely worthwhile. Extensive collection (not just US artifacts): swords, rifles, uniforms, & vehicles (inside & out front). A good museum for kids to train in museum-appropriate behavior. They marked what you can/not touch very well. You could spend 1-2 hours here easily if you like to read... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a fine little museum, appropriately well done for a state with such a proud military history. It’s amazing that this kind of quality could be achieved on such a shoestring budget! I suspect that most visitors don’t know that this facility has to rely on donations and volunteer help just to keep the doors open. I recently stopped... More 

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Greenville
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

great place to visit. great displays from the Melvin Purvis display to Marsh "Carbine "Williams guns on the display. Exhibits on the people from South Carolina who were awarded the Medal Of Honor. Packed with all types of weapons and equipment. staff is very helpful in answering any questions. the museum is administered by the Office of the South Carolina... More 

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