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South Carolina Military Museum

Address: 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-299-4440
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Ranked #13 of 100 things to do in Columbia
Type: Military museums, Museums
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Type: Military museums, Museums

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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454 reviews 454 reviews
252 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Columbia, South Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great displays that take you from pre-revoluntionary war to current day. Enjoyed how they linked South Carolina to it's place in history during these events.

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Rock Hill
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This museum has a vast array of indoor and outdoor artifacts, ranging form the revolutionary to current war time' periods. It takes more than a day to view all displays (and many items donated to the museum are still in storage - thousands - according to the curators - far too many to bring out - maybe this would be... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A little off the beaten path and a little hard to find, it is worth a visit if you are a military history buff. The museum is well-maintained and laid out. Some interesting items are on display, and are clearly labeled. Not sure why we have so many separate museums in Columbia, but I guess this one keeps the military... More 

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South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This museum is not easy to find but it is worth the search. It is free and covers a lot of material. There are weapons, vehicles, artillery. Not a large museum but well laid out with good graphics.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

It is a great place to visit, not only for military funs, but "average" people as well. Small, but interesting exhibition with photos, military vehicles, clothes, lots of guns, etc. The staff was friendly, and the whole thing was free of charge!

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