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Address: 1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
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+1 803-734-2430
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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Not much to see in Columbia but State House worth a walk

There wasn't much to see in Columbia but the state house was very impressive and well worth a walk to take a look

Reviewed 1 week ago
Warwickshire, UK
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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Capitol offered tours but, as a civil war buff, the details about the Civil War were lacking, save for the cannon ball shots on the building. Columbia, despite its historic role in the civil war, is sorely lacking on memorials of the war...it's almost as though the city wants to forget it.

Thank josephlwagner
Warwickshire, UK
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There wasn't much to see in Columbia but the state house was very impressive and well worth a walk to take a look

Thank BasherWarwickshire
Bettendorf, Iowa
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids enjoy the grounds and history, but they prefer the buildings that provide more access to the inside of the house and senate meeting rooms. This is a good location for walking tour with the university near by. No bad things to say.

1 Thank Brian C
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free short tours Monday through Friday on the half hour. The guide was excellent and I enjoyed the tidbits of South Carolina state history, like learning that revolutionary war general Thomas Sumter was the "first" gamecock. Beautiful grounds and monuments to see outside as well. Great gift shop with local products.

Thank Marcia W
Metlakatla, Alaska
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many statues, plaques and artwork to perk your interest in history. Well manicured grounds and walkways. The memorial for slaves is very interesting. There is also a law enforcement memorial. Check out the 6 bronze stars on the capitol wall. These cover impact holes from cannon balls.

Thank armymajdad
Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go, you should probably do the tour if you want to spend a good portion of time there. We spent maybe 20 minutes inside and used the self guided tour pamphlet, but it really was kind of a let down. No body inside but the tour guides talk to you (not even the cops at the entrance, or... More 

2 Thank BMeghanG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I walked by this a few times during sunset and after sunset. It's neat to see all the athletes working out on the steps and the people lounging and enjoying the space. It's really very gorgeous. Lots of amazing statues around here too.

Thank akjelliebean
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glad that we were able to stop in the capitol and make it to this beautiful, old building. Not to mention plenty of nice restaurants, coffee shops, etc that were within easy walking distance.

Thank Josh S
Gallatin, Tennessee
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270 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

The grounds are great in March. The azaleas and dogwood are going crazy. We spent time checking out the statue and monuments. Wade Hampton of course, but when have you seen a Mexican War Memorial. The building was closed.

Thank OldOldBob
Boca Raton, Florida
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1,503 reviews
449 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

It was a cool but beautiful day so perfect for photographs as we walked around taking in the exterior. There is plenty to see outside And so much more inside. We started with a tour given by Jill and there were just the two of us at 3.30 whereas earlier the tours were full of local third graders Plenty of... More 

Thank David G

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