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South Carolina State Museum, Columbia

(4.3/5 based on 460+ 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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  • Visited when the Race exhibit was showing. Super interesting to learn how the concept of race is a modern idea. The museum was good...a little dated in places. Fabulous gift shop.  more »
  • Made first visit to see the Xanthus Smith exhibit, runs through Aug '17, which was well displayed. Smith was a maritime artist, famous for depicting Civil War era battle ships in paintings and drawing...  more »
  • The exhibits range from art collections (I loved the metal displays!), planetarium and space, prehistoric animals, early settlers (Native Americans), Antebellum SC to more modern times. I wanted to vi...  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.