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South Carolina State Museum, Columbia

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4.4/5 based on 420+ 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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  • This is a first class state museum. They have almost everything you could think of dealing with the history of Columbia SC. To visit the museum will take atleast 3.5hrs+. 
  • Having been here several times, I thought I would just kill some time looking over things I've already seen before. Instead, the downstairs of the museum had an exhibit about the burning of Columbia b...  read more »
  • Bought ticket for State Museum and Confederate Relic Room. While thoroughly enjoyed the Museum and Relic Room I found one exhibit very confusing............There was an exhibit about how similar peopl...  read more »
  • 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.
  • My 9 y/o son really enjoyed this museum. It takes longer than you think to get through the museum if you stop to read each exhibit. We were there ~1.5hrs and will be going back again to finish seeing everything. The exhibits are well maintained and have short but concise informational displays.
  • This place is an asset for the city of Columbia. It's a nice place to spend the afternoon. If you're new to the area it's a great place to learn quite a bit. The planetarium is really nice if you're into that sort of thing. Stop by the Coble amphitheatre or take a stroll on the riverwalk afterwards. Enjoy!!
  • Took my 6 year old Grandson for a few hours. We both loved it! Can't wait to go back when we can spend more time. Really enjoyed the 4D movie. The guy in the planetarium was very informative and helpful with our questions. A really fun few hours!
  • Always has fun and interesting exhibits. Good place to spend a hot or rainy afternoon.
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