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South Carolina State Museum at Columbia
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St, Columbia, South Carolina, 29214
803-898-4921 |  Visit Website  |  Category: Attractions
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South Carolina State Museum

Learn all about the Palmetto State at the South Carolina State Museum when you're a guest at Staybridge Suites Columbia, located just a mile away. Encounter four floors of permanent exhibits that cover the art, science, history, technology, and natural history of South Carolina. You'll learn about South Carolina from the days of the dinosaurs through the Civil War and up to the present. This impressive museum also features family tours, a mind-blowing planetarium, a 4D theater, an observatory, and a museum store.


Prices -

 Adults: (13-61): $8.95; Seniors (62+): $7.95; Children (3-12): $6.95; Children 2 & under: Free; Military Discount: $1 off

Hours -

 Monday, Wedneday & Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 10:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.


  • Second Shift Twosdays
  • Farm to Gallery
  • Christmas in July


  • Exhibits
  • Planetarium
  • 4D Theater
  • Observatory
  • Tours
  • Museum Store


  • What does a general admission ticket include?

    A South Carolina State Museum general admission ticket gives you access to all four floors where the permanent exhibits reside. It does not include entry into the planetarium shows, the 4D theater films or the Blockbuster Exhibit. For an additional fee, you can purchase an explorer ticket that will gain you entry into the museum as well as one, two or all three of the aforementioned attractions.
  • What kind of Museum tours are there?

    You'll have two options for tours. The self-guided tour, which is free, allows you to experience all of the Museum's galleries as quickly or as slowly as you prefer. Guided tours are led by a docent and feature an up-close-and-personal look at the exhibits. There are a few requirements: a minimum of 10 people, a $15 tour guide fee, and at least four week's notice for booking.

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