South Carolina State Museum

Columbia, SC

Where are we going?

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street


What is there to do?

South Carolina is a fascinating state, with an incredibly rich history, so it makes sense that there is a museum that explores JUST that! Welcome to the South Carolina State Museum!

This Columbia favorite spans four very large floors of exhibits that cover South Carolina's art, history, natural history, and science and technology. The museum is located inside its largest artifact itself -  the historic Columbia Mills building, which opened in 1894 as the world's first totally electric textile mill.

So you're really part of history as son as you walk in the doors!

Did we mention that there's an observatory and a planetarium too? Yep! But we'll get to that later.

First, the exhibits!

Each of the exhibits cover a different theme or topic, and each offer an amazing learning opportunity to kids. One exhibit they might be learning about dinosaurs in the region, or checking out pre-historic fossils!

Is it the Revolutionary War that interests you? Perhaps the Civil War? Yes, the South Carolina State Museum has exhibits on those truly important events in US history.

The museum features exhibits on African-American history, as well as art that might just inspire.

Did we mention that the museum has a giant pre-historic megladon shark replica? That's worth taking your cameras out for!

As we mentioned, the museum is also home to a planetarium and observatory, offering out of this world journeys through to the deepest reaches of space, via shows and programs. There is even a 4D theater too!

A family day out in Columbia where the beauty, history and depth of South Carolina and beyond is your guide to your next day of learning fun!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $8.95 for general admission. (Up to $19.95 for planetarium shows/movies)

Children: Ages 3 to 12: $6.95 for general admission. (Up to $19.95 for planetarium shows/movies)

Discount: Active duty military personnel in uniform receives free general admission on Thursdays!

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call if you have any questions about accessibility, they will be happy to help!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm Mon, then Wed to Fri, 10am - 8pm Tuesday, 10am - 6pm Saturday, 12pm - 5pm Sunday

Open year round, but closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve / Day and&Easter.


Any top tips?

You can have birthday parties in the museum! There are also day camps too! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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