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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Great variety

I was especially impressed with the historical collections, but there is a great variety of art... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
We came for the planetarium and found an interesting museum

We came to see a planetarium show which we ended up seeing all by ourselves. Schools generally come... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Little River, 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
+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was especially impressed with the historical collections, but there is a great variety of art, history, and science in this museum. We took a guided tour of highlights from all 4 floors with our school group. The docent was wonderful. His passion and pride...More

Thank virginiatravelers3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to see a planetarium show which we ended up seeing all by ourselves. Schools generally come Tuesday through Friday. We visited on Monday which was why no one else was in the show. We also got a 'private' tour of the telescope by...More

Thank 2Birdsfishnfrogs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful old building for part of it. Good location. Also a very interactive place. The area outside is really pretty as well.

Thank cityslickerindasouth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gift shop has items from around Sound Carolina. There's a Planetariu . The 4-D Theatre is my favorite. Always some featured exhibit that is interesting. Many times the exhibit is a nationally traveled exhibit. Must go on your list of places to visit.

Thank Vicki F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the kids here. The first Sunday of the month has a special admission price of one dollar. We just happen to hit it on that day. So much to see and learn. My kids loved it. The enjoyed it more than the Kid mesum...More

Thank Victor L
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this place. It has a little bit of everything. History, science, technology, trains,dinosaurs, and lots more. My boys (5&7) love it. We can spend the entire day and enjoy every minute of it. We have gone several times...More

Thank chrisena96706
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This renovated old building is a charmer and absolutely the best civil war exhibit we have seen. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. We were pressed for time and could have spent all day at this home run of a museum.

Thank 204Glenn
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I cannot recommend this Museum enough - Natural History, Regional History, General Science, Archeology, Palentology, Astronomy, Planetarium, Art, on and on. We arrived when they opened at 10am expecting to spend a couple of hours. There was so much to do and see we ended...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

The S.C. State Museum has really improved over the past few years. Great exhibits! The current art exhibition is worth seeing all by itself. The planetarium is awe inspiring. This is something S.C. is doing very well.

Thank Nick1946
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We went here for a homeschool fieldtrip. It was our first time visiting. The museum is very beautiful. Homeschoolers get into the museum for free. They also have homeschool days you can attend. The museum is quite large. Exhibits are very well done and very...More

Thank ChristyLouJohnson
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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.
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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