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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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The Lego Movie 4D Experience

I am sure that my grandchildren, ages 6 and 8 enjoyed the movie, but value for the price was just... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Columbia, South Carolina

Very interesting museum. I learned a lot about South Carolina History. Maker sure to go on a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Buffalo NY
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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
+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I am sure that my grandchildren, ages 6 and 8 enjoyed the movie, but value for the price was just not there. I took them thinking it would be a full length movie - but it was an episode of the series, lasting about 15...More

Thank patthecma
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum. I learned a lot about South Carolina History. Maker sure to go on a sunny day so you can view the sun from the observatory.

Thank Shaymus
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a lot to offer--natural history, cultural history, and science exhibits. I especially enjoyed the optical illusion exhibits--they were great! The planetarium show was very interesting as well. The cost is fairly cheap as well.

Thank meglynn732
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to Columbia to view the Total Solar Eclipse. In searching for a way to learn more about eclipses and to potentially view it from, we investigated the South Carolina State Museum. The museum advertised a Solar Eclipse weekend with 'special programs' for the...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is for children and adults. It houses the history of the state extending back to prehistoric periods and even provides activities to stimulate thinking. Beautiful, eye catching and highly educational, there is something for every one. Housed in an old mill and fully...More

Thank MaryLou B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pros: Many interesting exhibits about South Carolina history and inventions by South Carolinian inventors like lasers. The telescope exhibit was very neat. Who knew there were so many different telescopes! A museum staff person let us look through a special telescope to see the sun....More

Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, upon arriving, you are in a huge lobby and it's up to you to find the ticket booth and purchase your tickets, which are very overpriced for the attraction. The attendant also never explained the "show" that was included in our admission prices. She...More

Thank Frankovie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped at the museum while visiting friends in the area. Although we devoted an afternoon to the museum, we certainly did not see it all. The exhibits were varied, with some specialized collections being donated to the museum. Others were centered around past industries...More

Thank BBDY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this venue while traveling to the area with an adult family of four. We really enjoyed a great deal of the exhibits and the venue is very clean and well laid out. We spent four hours there which included a 30 minute presentation...More

Thank TeamTumi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed an afternoon before the eclipse exploring 4 floors of exhibits. There were some special activities going on because of the coming eclipse. The regular museum exhibits cover science, technology and history. The highlight for me was the observatory with the telescope pointed at...More

Thank grammie2006
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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.
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.
David H
20 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