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

A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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Beautiful grounds!

Loved the walk around the grounds, make time for that. Excellent tour guide who made the tour very enjoyable. Went on a Saturday and the house and senate chambers were locked as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the walk around the grounds, make time for that. Excellent tour guide who made the tour very enjoyable. Went on a Saturday and the house and senate chambers were locked as well as the viewing galleries so that was disappointing. Would advise going on a Monday through Friday because of that.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Other than the standard historical aspects, this place also has fantastic people watching. Most weekends you can watch the crazies gather to protest things and it really brings out some weirdOs.

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SC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The main attraction used to be the confederate flag (which can still be found, just not prominently). The cannonball marks on the building are kinda cool. Otherwise pretty boring. Surrounding grounds are nice but are mostly confederate monuments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My group came on a field trip with my daughter's class. We had a great tour that included bits of history as well. If you are enjoy governmental or historical topics, this is a great place to visit.

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Thank Neely L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I learned a lot by visiting this city. Hard to see true lies. But joy to had met more new or from it. Lean on me. #myfriend

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Thank Andre C
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I was a little girl (40+ years ago), my parents used to bring my younger brother & I to our State House for outings. We called it the "Squirrel House". There are probably a million squirrels that live on the grounds. My dad would stop by the store & buy a large bag of roasted peanuts. We would go... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. There is a free tour which has a movie followed by guide. If you don't have time for the tour, or the times don't work for you, you can still walk around the building by yourself. There are some gigantic trees on the property that should also be appreciated.

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Thank Mootle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

My family and I had a great time walking around admiring the beautiful scenery in the middle of the city of Columbia SC great place to take family pictures in the gardens and the beautiful lit Christmas tree at night. Also lots of beautiful backgrounds for family pictures while we were there we saw several families taking pictures of baby... More 

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Thank Vanessa C
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

I visit for business 3 times per year. I have had the opportunity over the years to visit the outside murals and statues as well as review the indoor offerings. There are a lot of stairs to climb if visiting the senate or house chambers. Elevator service is available. It is a fascinating place to be for lobbying activities. There... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

Interesting day to tour with protest on the steps but we found the correct door which opened at 10 am. We toured with 20 teachers from Panama ( who teach English) here to take a course. The tour guide (the Saturday guide) was knowledgable yet humorous too. She managed the teachers, who were perhaps more imterested in chatting, and tactfully... More 

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