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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Fun for a kid and fun fro Grandma

I went there expecting another cutesy state museum but I came away totally impressed. The Julius... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2016
Goshen, Connecticut
Visit a nice State Museum with a great interactive section

Looking for something to do after attending grandson's graduation from basic training at Ft... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2016
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

I went there expecting another cutesy state museum but I came away totally impressed. The Julius Caesar exhibit was worth the price of admission alone but the rest of the museum is terrific too. The exhibits are spaciously laid out and excellent explanations and fun...More

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Reviewed 6 February 2016

Looking for something to do after attending grandson's graduation from basic training at Ft. Jackson that was different and indoors, we visited SCSM. We spent 3 hours there and enjoyed all of it. A nice place for adults and children. Your choice to visit the...More

1  Thank WAMMLM78
Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Not a bad museum, but there's definitely a lot of space with absolutely nothing to look at. We were told by the gentleman at the desk that our admission price covered the war museum that was under the same roof. However, after walking down there,...More

Thank Dini O
Reviewed 3 February 2016

I took my neighbor Sunday and enjoyed the Julius Caesar exhibit. My favorite parts were the interactive war replicas, and the swords and armor.

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 30 January 2016

Excellent exhibit --- take the kids or just a group of friends. Fun souvenirs also in the gift shop.

Thank Tamara M
Reviewed 28 January 2016

I’ve visited this museum several times over the years. Some of the exhibits I love seeing again and again – there’s always something I’ve missed. And then there are the visiting exhibits that are just awesome – like the Rome exhibit we came to see...More

Thank 1979SE
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Whether you like history, science (including astronomy!), agriculture, transportation, nature, or just seeing lots of interesting objects, you will find much to browse at this museum. It's also easy but a bit confusing to visit. The ticket booth is near the front door and off...More

Thank SouthernFamilyOf3
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a visit as I hadn't been here in years. Counter person in a uniform couldn't have been less helpful. If I were a first time viditor, I believe it would be my last. Museum itself has many interesting exhibits.

Thank vcmulligan
Reviewed 17 January 2016

My group of 'girls day out' were spending a out-of-town night in Columbia and looking for something to do on a cold rainy day, and ran across this on the Columbia website for 'things to do'. We normally don't choose museums, but this one was...More

Thank JCitytraveler701
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Perfect outing for a gloomy day after Christmas. We purchased the Master Explorer Pass, which included entry to the special Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome exhibit, a 4-D movie (The Shallow Seas), and a Planetarium show (Star of Bethlehem). We had lunch at the Museum...More

Thank Mimia60
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Admission prices?
23 May 2017|
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Response from rwasr1953 | Reviewed this property |
check with the museum for current prices...theyve always been amazingly reasonable...
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
What does the museum have on display that relates to U.S. Military History from WWI up to current day conflicts?
16 November 2016|
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Response from Kwilson1671 | Reviewed this property |
There was only a small section displayed from WW1 up, the bulk of the display for military was based around much of the civil war and earlier?