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South Carolina State Museum

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Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: +1 803-898-4921
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10:00 am - 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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Great museum great gift shop

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
katherinehU2522BP
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 5 days ago NEW

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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Madison, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. There are 4 floors of exhibits and a theater and observatory and planetarium. Great for school age children. The South Carolina history on display is fantastic. Highly recommend

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a wonderful time. Very spacious, bright and clean. Many of the displays were informative and interactive as well. My husband even got to look at the sun, in real time, through telescope on top floor. The cafeteria was spotless and service and food were surprisingly good. The only small disappointment was the planetarium. It was... More 

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Elgin, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here during a leadership camp. Everytime I visit I find something new and interesting to learn about. As with most museums, never miss an opportunity to check things out and learn. Great job by the staff of the museum. Defiently, a must while in Columbia.

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