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South Carolina State Museum, Columbia

(4.3/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange your visit to South Carolina State Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Columbia using our Columbia trip generator.
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TripAdvisor
  • Had to go here for a business meeting and it was exactly as we expected.. very inviting and pleasant facility.. 
  • This is a place that we need more of. A place to turn phones off and have some fun while learning and appreciating history. From small children to seniors, they have exhibits for all to enjoy. We love...  more »
  • This is a large museum that will wear you out. There is a lot to see and read. While there are a lot of artifacts, there are a lot of full-sized re-creations like the H.L. Hunley, a section of Fort Mo...  more »
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  • Big, clean museum. REALLY excellent exhibits on 19th and 20th century history. Good science exhibits. Planetarium. Toddler play room. Love this place.
  • Great place. I had business meeting there for 7 weeks. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.
  • Museum offers an overnight camping trip for Cub Scouts and it was incredible!!! Laura Kane and her staff were informative, fun, enthusiastic, and just plain wonderful!! Our scouts had a great experience and our parents were amazed by the Live Sky Tour and the Boeing Observatory. The whole staff was beyond wonderful. Definitely worth checking into.
  • You can't go wrong with learning. This museum just happens to make learning fun. The thoughfulness of the exhibits make you want to explore more. In addition, they also rent out different spaces for private functions. If you want to make a splash with your employees, potential business partners to guests of your wedding, this should be an option. I have been coming here for years. First as a child I came with my parents and school. Now as an adult I take my family and often enjoy a work related event here from time to time.
  • super fun especially the third floor and he gave us our tickets half off AND told us the best place to start.