South Carolina State Museum, Columbia

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Immerse yourself in South Carolina's history and culture at South Carolina State Museum, the largest museum in the Southeastern United States. The old Columbia Mills building housing the museum is an artifact in itself, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982. Explore the collection, which is divided into four themes: natural history, technology and science, culture, and art. Look for highlights including the first locomotive built in America, the Best Friend of Charleston, and the H.L. Hunley--the first submarine to sink a rival ship in battle. View exhibits commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Confederate relic room, and displays about the state's car manufacturing industry. Stop by the digital dome planetarium and the 4-D interactive theater for shows, or head to the observatory to look at the sun and stars through one of four telescopes. Work out when and for how long to visit South Carolina State Museum and other Columbia attractions using our handy Columbia trip site .
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  • Which is what you might say a museum should be, but not in this way. The model exhibits were old fashioned given the technology available today. As was some of the history telling. It was interesting ...  more »
  • A lot of trivial and customary information. The history and visuals you are looking for are not included and was informed that it is in collections that are presented at different times. For example. ...  more »
  • Taking my husband is like talking a child. He doesn't want to leave. Just a few more minutes at another exhibit. And a fantastic gift shop too.  more »
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  • I took my grandson, Trent, to the special exhibit, Hall of Heroes, at the State Museum. We had a blast. He loves all of the Marvel and Avenger characters. They had so much that he was able to do including testing his superhero strengths. It was well worth the money and we made some great memories!
  • Multi-storied building filled with literally tons of exhibits. The layout is easy to follow, a lot of the displays are intriguing, entertaining, and informative. The State Museum also has a planetarium and an observatory deck. It houses the largest collection of telescopes l have ever seen. The is an interactive science section that kids love to use. And the State Museum participates in a traveling exhibit, with it currently housing "The Hall of Heroes," a history of comic book, radio, and movie/television superheroes.
  • Our company had a wonderful experience renting the Vista Room in the museum for an Employee Appreciation Day. The staff were responsive and helpful from the first call. Margaret followed up with every question and Alexis made sure we had everything we needed throughout the day. Judy at the Crescent Cafe made sure the food was ready on time at every interval. There was more than enough and it was good! Everything was great!! Thank you.
  • Enjoyed the museum. It was a perfect rainy day activity. We spent quite a few hours, and didn't get to finish going through all the exhibits! The 3 and 4D movies were a lot of fun.
  • It was awesome! Great experience with my 9yr old son and his third grade class. I went along as a chaperone. I have done some research, you should too, and uncover this fun fact!
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