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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Nice time

Very interest exhibits. Lots to do. Kids and family friendly! Wear sneakers or walking shoes!! Kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cathy S
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Great Attraction For Out Of State Tourists

Four of us toured the museum on a Saturday and it wasn't crowded which surprised us since it's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cruiseaddict97
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Columbia, South Carolina
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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 good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interest exhibits. Lots to do. Kids and family friendly! Wear sneakers or walking shoes!! Kids museum in same parking lot.

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us toured the museum on a Saturday and it wasn't crowded which surprised us since it's summer and we expected tourists to be visiting. We thought the exhibits were good learning tools for people who have not studied SC history or who are...More

Thank cruiseaddict97
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We went early on a Saturday afternoon to the museum. We were surprised by the low crowd, but were glad that we were able to take our time looking around the large museum without feeling rushed. Many of the displays could use an update (especially...More

Thank Elizabeth W
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I love to visit this museum while I am in the columbia area. There are pleanty of interesting things to see inside of the museum.

Thank bubblebug84
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Not huge, not especially aimed towards kids (we had 3 littles with us when we went) but a good experience with a little something for everyone, regardless.

Thank Alex'Erica E
Reviewed 2 May 2017

My wife and I went to the museum specifically to see the planetarium program. It was really nice but I thought it could have been a little longer program. They had a small sandwich shop at the facility and for the price not a bad...More

Thank mrauseo
Reviewed 29 April 2017

This is not a museum that you can only go part way on. If you try to go for just a bit and not dive in head first, it may disappoint. However, if you go for the full day, see all of the 4D and...More

Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

this is a huge museum- 4 levels and lots of square footage. several items include information regarding the historical significance from people from SC such as Charles Townes as well as other well done displays throughout the museum. Usually not crowded and inexpensive. Give yourself...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I wanted to go to the zoo on Good Friday, but it was packed. We decided to visit the State Museum because we had never been. It is pricey...no discounts unless you are military. I asked if they offered teacher discounts, and...More

Thank Stephanie D
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I'm a bit of a history buff so I loved the museum and all the civil war era stuff. They had a great variety of things to see from the civil war to ww1 to transportation throughout history to the Wild West. It was a...More

Thank Casey G
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tadams75
can you just purchase tickets once you get there?
6 June 2017|
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Response from ZeldaMcSC | Reviewed this property |
Yes. FYI, Admission to the Civil War relics room and the downstairs gallery is free.
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Mari806
Admission prices?
23 May 2017|
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Response from sam n | Reviewed this property |
There is a package that we got when went that included the main museums and attractions. I seem to remember that if you wanted to see more than 3 of the offered attractions the package became worthwhile.
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David H
Is it worth visiting with children under 5?
19 January 2017|
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Response from stanley824 | Reviewed this property |
There are interactive exhibits at the museum for children. If at child is at the age of five, it would a fun visit. Edventure is a great for younger children. A lot of interactive activities at Edventure and children can be... More
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