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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  • This is a very nice museum. There are four floors each specializing in a different time in history. I found it interesting that the museum is housed in an old cotton mill. I liked the fourth floor bes...  more »
  • First, visit. It was awesome. We were there for about 3 hours and couldn't see everything. we also checked out one for the star shows, it was great!  more »
  • Four floors of South Carolina and United States history. Very cool place to learn more about this beautiful state!  more »
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  • This is an absolute must-see in Columbia, SC. From the friendly staff to the well-designed displays, I was impressed with the museum. My children were impressed too, which was neat. They enjoyed the variety of information. The four floors are clean, beautiful, and well organized. Our family will definitely return there for another cultural day, and I have already recommended it to our friends.
  • What an interesting museum. The presentation of the history of the Conderate army and what everyone had to endure during this time was so very interesting. Their are old uniforms and swords from different commanding officers. Clothing from the past of what women would wear and the history of how women who stayed behind what they did to help during the war. Maps of where the troops were stationed at and in what states. Then the display progresses into modern day military and their uniforms to what these units did during the war. There were uniforms from WW1 and their equipment that they used to the Vietnam era to Afghanistan and all wars in between. Admission is not that expensive to see but it is a well put together document display of what happens during the wars American have fought.
  • You can definitely spend several hours here and get your money's worth. They always have fun activities for the kids,. The staff has always been amazing, each time I've come. The only criticism I have; the cafe area needs better variety and more seating. Still, a really nice experience.
  • For Columbia is a great museum. Good to take kids to and enough interesting stuff to look at and read for adults to enjoy as well. Surprisingly I just recently discovered the relic room with a bunch of stuff from old wars... Mostly civil war era. This is in the same building but separate from the main museum and only costs $1 on Sundays! Can't beat that!
  • This was a fantastic museum! Very clean, beautiful set up. They have a souvenir shop, It even has an indoor movie theatre where children can watch adorable kids movies! It has remarkable historical artifacts, that are very informative as well as astrology, art, and alot about South Carolinas history and the war. I had a beautiful time. This was actually my second time coming to visit this museum. I will be back again too, whenever I visit South Carolina.
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