We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
Website
Save
Review Highlights
FINALLY Visited the Museum

We went early on a Saturday afternoon to the museum. We were surprised by the low crowd, but were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elizabeth W
,
Columbia, South Carolina
Favorite

I love to visit this museum while I am in the columbia area. There are pleanty of interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bubblebug84
,
Orlando, Florida
Read all 471 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“four floors” (14 reviews)
“cotton mill” (13 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION
301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
CONTACT
Website
+1 803-898-4921
Write a Review
Reviews (471)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 471 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went early on a Saturday afternoon to the museum. We were surprised by the low crowd, but were glad that we were able to take our time looking around the large museum without feeling rushed. Many of the displays could use an update (especially...More

1  Thank Elizabeth W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to visit this museum while I am in the columbia area. There are pleanty of interesting things to see inside of the museum.

Thank bubblebug84
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not huge, not especially aimed towards kids (we had 3 littles with us when we went) but a good experience with a little something for everyone, regardless.

Thank Alex'Erica E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went to the museum specifically to see the planetarium program. It was really nice but I thought it could have been a little longer program. They had a small sandwich shop at the facility and for the price not a bad...More

Thank mrauseo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a museum that you can only go part way on. If you try to go for just a bit and not dive in head first, it may disappoint. However, if you go for the full day, see all of the 4D and...More

Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

this is a huge museum- 4 levels and lots of square footage. several items include information regarding the historical significance from people from SC such as Charles Townes as well as other well done displays throughout the museum. Usually not crowded and inexpensive. Give yourself...More

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I wanted to go to the zoo on Good Friday, but it was packed. We decided to visit the State Museum because we had never been. It is pricey...no discounts unless you are military. I asked if they offered teacher discounts, and...More

Thank Stephanie D
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

I'm a bit of a history buff so I loved the museum and all the civil war era stuff. They had a great variety of things to see from the civil war to ww1 to transportation throughout history to the Wild West. It was a...More

Thank Casey G
Reviewed April 15, 2017

We love museums. This one had something for everyone. Kids will love as much as adults.This is a must see.

Thank ARSANDI
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Lots of space, not much filing it. You have to pay quite a lot extra for some of the attractions within the museum. We're English and are used to many of our major museums being free. When we went some galleries were closed and there...More

Thank Susan S
Nearby
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant
153 reviews
.47 miles away
Grill Marks
163 reviews
.42 miles away
Twisted Spur Brewing
71 reviews
.38 miles away
Ristorante Divino
161 reviews
.46 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Spa 131
10 reviews
.56 miles away
New Brookland Tavern
6 reviews
.58 miles away
Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park
279 reviews
.45 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Mari806
Admission prices?
May 22, 2017|
Answer
Response from JChris1813 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on which package you get but base prices are $13.95 for adults and $11.95 for children (3-12)
0
Votes
David H
Is it worth visiting with children under 5?
January 19, 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from stanley824 | Reviewed this property |
There are interactive exhibits at the museum for children. If at child is at the age of five, it would a fun visit. Edventure is a great for younger children. A lot of interactive activities at Edventure and children can be... More
1
Vote
LakeHartwellGuide
What does the museum have on display that relates to U.S. Military History from WWI up to current day conflicts?
November 16, 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Kwilson1671 | Reviewed this property |
There was only a small section displayed from WW1 up, the bulk of the display for military was based around much of the civil war and earlier?
1
Vote