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South Carolina State Museum

Open Now: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open today: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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A great museum at a great price!

This museum has a little bit of everything. It has exhibits talking about every part of South... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Spokane, Washington
Lits to see and do!

My husband and I visited the museum and planetarium last week and really enjoyed it. There’s... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda L
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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cotton mill”(14 reviews)
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...more
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum has a little bit of everything. It has exhibits talking about every part of South Carolina history and all of the major industries of the state. This was my first time visiting S. Carolina and I could have spent all day at this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum and planetarium last week and really enjoyed it. There’s also an observatory, but we didn’t get a chance to visit that. It’s October, so it’s all about Halloween, of course! We really enjoyed the Wizard of Oz forest...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family enjoyed this museum. The staff was very helpful with my special needs daughter. Fun for the whole family

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The is a very nice facility in a renovated mill building. Enjoyed all of the exhibits, especially the observatory where we could look through a variety of telescopes and see several planets very clearly. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

Thank John_Nick_in_GA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

really really big, with lots of stuff, some of which is worth looking at - though most of it is not. ok for kids? schoolgroups? the telescope was probably the best part

Thank zackreview2012
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice museum, worth a few hours of your time. The exhibits change often, so a return visit is worth the time.

Thank sallysue1279
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Amazing cross section of the history of a state that has flown under so many flags and has such a rich and diverse fabric woven into its very foundation. South Carolina was the home of native tribes, touched upon by DeSoto, was prominent as a...More

Thank eireannamerican
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This was our first time to the Museum and it was great. We enjoyed all the exhibits and will go back

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Went to visit and explore; there are some nice exhibits and it was worth some time there. I was excited about the planetarium and film as I always try to visit these at museums that have them. This one was not up to par; the...More

Thank Marine-CajunQueen
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We came here randomly. We’re very pleased. Cost was minimal. Lots to see. My teens enjoyed it, especially the observatory. Spent 3.5 hours here on a Tuesday, no people around at all.

Thank Sue F
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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