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“Saturday Trip with Hubby” 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 #8 of 104 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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“Saturday Trip with Hubby”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We recently made a return visit to the State Museum. It's been a few years since our last visit. The first observation is currently there are ongoing renovations including a new digital dome theatre, observatory, 4-D theater and telescope gallery. which we're excited about. So having said that, you will enjoy the museum, but just overlook the mess. It is a most interesting way to learn about the many aspects of life and history of South Carolina. We enjoyed the King Tut exhibit. The downside is there are limited staff on Saturdays, which seems odd to me. Anyway, as we were needing information re: membership. the lady who we spoke to couldn't really answer our questions and directed us to go to the other side, to speak with staff there, but there was no one there. So we went back over to the lady, told her this and she said to just purchase our tickets and check back later with other staff re: our questions, etc. So that's what we did. But unfortunately, though we checked several time that day, never found anyone there. A few days later, I did receive a phone call from the museum manager apologizing for the problem and answering my questions. I believe it would be most beneficial to have ample staff on the weekends for a museum of this size. Having said this, we did join, and look forward to a return visit soon.

Visited February 2014
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Very interesting...loved King Tut exhibit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We went for the King Tut exhibit, but stayed several hours looking at the other exhibits. It is well worth he visit and we are already looking forward to the next big exhibit.

Visited February 2014
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Irmo, South Carolina
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“Fun for families with young kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The State Museum is very fun and informative for families with young kids. It has WONDERFUL special exhibits and the curators have done an excellent job with the information and displays for all the regular exhibits. It is worth a visit and take very little time to complete.

Visited February 2014
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“great place if you have time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

When your in the south, that's the time to go see the civil war museum. this is a very comprehensive overview of the war, with great artifacts. I would recommend this. 7 dollars to get in.

Visited February 2014
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“History made accessible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Displays catch details of history making it more human, less dry. We appreciated the many wheelchairs available, and the open design of the displays, which made it easy for our elderly father to also enjoy the museum.

Visited January 2014
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