South Carolina Military Museum, Columbia

4.9
#5 of 9 in Museums in Columbia
FREE ADMISSION

The mission of the South Carolina Military Museum is to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen soldier and this State’s martial tradition from its colonial founding in 1670 to present-day operations worldwide. Featuring an impressive collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, the Museum tells the story of the South Carolina militia, its evolution into the National Guard, and its important role today as a reserve component and force multiplier for the United States Army and Air Force.

The South Carolina Military Museum possesses a vast array of authentic firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, ordnance, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles that literally bring history to life. These include a Columbiad Cannon that once protected Charleston Harbor, an AH-64A Apache Cockpit and Weapons Trainer, and an H-13B “Sioux” Helicopter – serial number one! Interspersed throughout are also such items as an M48A1 “Patton” Tank, an amphibious WWII German Schwimmwagen, one-of-a-kind Type II Blakely Rifled Cannons, an F-104 downward-firing ejection seat, and a rare collection of South Carolina swords / sabers



One can easily find pieces of the Palmetto State’s military history elsewhere. But only the South Carolina Military Museum offers genuine artifacts from every period in South Carolina history. From “new world” battles with the Spanish to hunting down Taliban in Afghanistan, the Museum honors all of South Carolina’s sons and daughters in uniform. Their history, after all, is our history and the South Carolina Military Museum is devoted to preserving this legacy for all generations.

Visit or schedule a tour today, and discover a history forged in battle!

Holidays the Museum is closed:

New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day (Weekend)

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Weekend (Thursday through Sunday)

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Day after Christmas

The Museum is closed on days of all home games for the University of South Carolina.
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  • First off- it's FREE! This museum is full of excellent exhibits that detail the SC militia (and the present-day Guard) through time. The pre-colonial weapons and armor were a pleasant surprise. The Ci...  more »
  • You will be going onto an actual National Guard military site so be prepared to show a picture ID for all adults. This museum is well worth the free visit. Lots of military memorabilia, large and smal...  more »
  • You can easily spend a couple hours inside. An amazing collection of artifacts from all of the wars. An excellent tribute to The men and women of South Carolina who served.  more »
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  • Wished I could have stayed longer. The museum contains a treasure trove of facts, memorabilia and real transports, aircraft and spent munitions. If you love local history and the role SC plays within it you have got to come and make this place one of the places to visit. Will come back for a return visit soon!
  • Great place to visit for any military buff. You will be required to show ID at the entrance gate which may make illegal immigrants and Democrats feel uncomfortable but everyone else should be fine with it.
  • This is an excellent Military Museum. It documents American Military from pre Revolutionary War through to modern times. It has many authentic displays dealing with many historic people. This is true educational opportunity. And it is based on donations. Please donate generously if you feel you received a valuable lesson. I always enjoy attending this Museum.
  • A must-visit for anyone interested in military history. Great exhibits and very well maintained.
  • Great collection of militaria from Ammo to one of Eisenhower’s uniforms. This museum is a jewel in a desert of sand. Way to many displays for listing, with some large and small, one of a kind static exhibits. I was dismayed and enraptured by so much in one location. Something new around every corner, and every way viewed. Friendly Vets make the experience a custom visit.
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