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South Carolina State Museum

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Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
Phone Number: +1 803-898-4921
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring...

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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Very nice museum to visit. We was there for 4 hours, and there was so much more to see. The price was right and free parking. I recommend this museum to everyone to visit. Great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Odell H
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Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice museum to visit. We was there for 4 hours, and there was so much more to see. The price was right and free parking. I recommend this museum to everyone to visit. Great pictures

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum brings in special events and exhibits but the permanent collections is as it has always been. If you have never been, check it out to learn about the LONG history of South Carolina from the geology to the native people, up to the present day. I am a South Carolina native and remember going to the grand opening... More 

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LaGrange, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is huge!! Be sure to take most of a day to go through this museum. I love my SC history and this has it all. Very beautiful.

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Thank mshealy1967
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love this museum both the permanent displays and the rotating ones are great - scene confederate relic room does cost extra though

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

great place to take ur family and the kids will love it . something there for everyone to enjoy if visiting Columbia its a must to do.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my 4 year old granddaughter on a rainy day. We normally go to Ed Venture but decided to try the State Museum. It was a fantastic experience for both of us. We watched the 4D film which was much more fun than I could have imagined. The Planetarium was interesting for me and spectacular enough to hold the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family & I enjoyed a wonderful "Night @ the Museum". They have tons of interesting exhibits & are very family friendly!!

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Thank KarmenF0015
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great place to learn more about SC. The planaterrium is awesome. I learn more every time I go in. Great member benefits

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Madison, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth every penny! So many exhibits, you can spend all day looking at everything. Great thing to do when its 100 degrees outside. Loved it!!

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Thank holy350
Madison, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is packed with cool stuff. Our toddler had a great time in the hands-on exhibits, and other exhibits were well designed and very clean.

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