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Address: 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-734-2430
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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Historical Capital

very informational tour. This is a beautifulbuilding pre-civil war building. The grounds are very interesting with many historical statues.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very informational tour. This is a beautifulbuilding pre-civil war building. The grounds are very interesting with many historical statues.

Thank DCGBibi3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to visit my cousin in Columbia and he suggested a state house tour. I have never visited a state house but was very impressed. Building is beautiful and our tour guide was very informative. I would definitely suggest seeing if your in town. Tour takes about 1 hour.

Thank vinpmd
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The grounds were bustling with people. It was a hot Sunday afternoon. The African American History Piece was riveting. The history and information was interesting.

Thank mary c
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The State Capitol in Columbia was a nice stop on our recent tour of South Carolina. Of the many capitols we have been to, South Carolina has the prettiest grounds surrounding the capitol. The building itself is impressive, with some beautiful stained glass and impressive staircases. The tour begins with a short introductory video, and our tour guide provided further... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to walk around and hear the stories of the city! Our tour guide was lovely and informative and a pleasure to listen to! She loved our abundant questions and we enjoyed visiting immensely!

Thank Michel D A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building and grounds were beautiful and impressive. Because we have a two-year old, we opted for the self-guided tour. It only took about 15 minutes. Maybe we missed something, but there were no historical displays or interpretive markers. It was basically an impressive lobby/dome area and the legislative chambers. It was free, so it was worth a visit, and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the State House and the surrounding grounds!! The State House is a functioning government building but also a gem with beautiful statuary and historic artwork!! The rotunda is a dome within a dome!! Outside lots of observances to South Carolina history!! Homage given to the Palmetto!! Both areas for the Senate and House can be... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an impressive building with lovely gardens all around it. We had the option of a tour but after sitting through a short intro film we decided we would rather wander among the trees & shrubs outside. The gardens are well tended and contain several memorials and there are plenty of benches in the shade.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The South Carolina State House serves as both a functioning seat of government and a museum. The art and architecture contained in and around the building is a must-see.

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Fullerton, Ca, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pretty grounds with a number of interesting sculptures and memorials on the grounds. especially the African American history monument on the East side. Very friendly squirrels looking for a hand out! We did not take the free guided tour of the interior as we would have had to wait about an hour. But the self'guided tour was fine. Enter on... More 

Thank JackR46

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