South Carolina State Museum

South Carolina's Largest and Most Comprehensive Museum

301 Gervais St., Columbia, South Carolina, 29201


As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 former textile mill listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

MON 10:00am - 05:00pm
TUE 10:00am - 10:00pm
WED 10:00am - 06:00pm
THU 10:00am - 06:00pm
FRI 10:00am - 06:00pm
SAT 10:00am - 06:00pm
SUN 12:00pm - 05:00pm
Events and Information

The South Carolina State Museum may be closed to the public temporarily, but we are committed to continuing to fulfill our mission to provide educational environments that entertain and inspire.

Visit our website for several e-learning resources available from the museum and suggested links for other online resources as well as virtual museum experiences curated by State Museum curators and staff.

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