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“Kids loved it! Well worth the trip.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South Carolina State Museum

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
+1 803-898-4921
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Ranked #7 of 108 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Kids loved it! Well worth the trip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I didn't know much about the South Carolina State Museum before I went there, but I had taken my four kids (9,7,4, and 2) to EdVenture across the parking lot many times, so we decided to give it a shot. In the end, I think that the kids had as much, if not more fun at the State Museum as they ever had at the children's museum. Each of the exhibits had several "hands on" items that the kids could touch and learn from, which was great. They're interest level remained high during the entire 3 1/2 hours that we were there.

The website has pretty good information about the various exhibits, but not a lot of specifics about the special Secrets of the Maya exhibit that ends June 2013, so I thought I'd share my thoughts:

SECRETS OF THE MAYA
This is a temporary exhibit that closes June 2013. The cost of going through the exhibit is in addition to the normal ticket price to see the museum (even if you're a member). Overall, I didn't think it was worth the cost. There are many reproductions of Mayan artifacts, but very few actual artifacts. For the kids, they enjoyed playing with the modeling clay to make sculptures that they could then put on display, hosting a puppet show in the small puppet theaters, and attempting to draw Mayan cave drawings on a Fisher Price magnetic drawing board, but overall were a bit underwhelmed.

Visited March 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Awesome Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

There are lots of hands on exhibits for the kids to experience. It is divided into the regions of SC and is easy to navigate. It is a great being there experience.

Visited March 2013
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Greenville, S.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A lot to look at”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Three stories and they're adding to the building so lots of stuff to look at. Kids should find plenty to keep them entertained and if you get tired they're usually showing a film so you can go take a load off.

Visited January 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We came here with the Bodies Vital exhibit was in town, but then spent more time in the regular exhibits than the Bodies exhibit. I though it was very well procured and organized. I learned a lot about South Carolina that I never knew before. I would recommend going here at least once.

Visited May 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worth the money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Has plenty of exhibits and a section for kids to be hands-on. The first floor even has an area for 1-4 year old kids. Also they have special exhibits from time to time that are usually awesome (special exhibits do cost extra in addition of admission).

Visited February 2013
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