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South Carolina State Museum

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Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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+1 803-898-4921
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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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FINALLY Visited the Museum

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elizabeth W
Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 the science area), but we loved the exhibits. We also did the planetarium, which we... More 

Thank Elizabeth W
Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Columbia, SC
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111 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 deal. The overall museum was very nice and worth a visit.

Thank mrauseo
Curtice, Ohio
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370 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 planetarium movies, try out the special exhibits, actually read the displays, and try the science... More 

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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 2-4 hours at least, especially if you do the 4d Theater or planetarium show. locals... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 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 the woman was downright rude when she told me no. The exhibits were okay, nothing... More 

Thank Stephanie D
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15 reviews
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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 great visit and the planetarium visit was cool too.

Thank Casey G
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201 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We love museums. This one had something for everyone. Kids will love as much as adults.This is a must see.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Lots of space, not much filing it. You have to pay quite a lot extra for some of the attractions within the museum. We're English and are used to many of our major museums being free. When we went some galleries were closed and there seemed to be a lot of empty space?

Thank Susan S

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