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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St Columbia, SC 29201

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Museum in Columbia, SC

The South Carolina State Museum of Columbia, SC opened its doors in 1988 bringing the citizens of the Palmetto State the newest and one of the finest museums in America. With four large floors covering art, history, natural history, and science/technology, plus changing exhibits, hands-on-learning, and a non-stop schedule of events and programs, the museum has something for everyone.

The museum is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about all that South Carolina has to offer. Here, you can learn about the rich history of the region as well as some fun advancements in science and technology.

It's "South Carolina Under One Roof!" It houses both long-term exhibits and several changing exhibit galleries. The State Museum has more than 70,000 artifacts in its collection, and is still a very young institution. The museum actually resides inside its biggest artifact, the former Columbia Mill. 

Our museum is a fun and exciting experience for people of all ages. Museums can sometimes be a bore but we assure you, you'll have a great time exploring and learning new things about the great state of South Carolina. Bring the whole family or come with friends. We guarantee you'll have a great day here at the museum.

When it opened in 1894, it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The State Museum houses other firsts as well, such as the colorful, full sized replica of the "Best Friend of Charleston", the first American-built locomotive.

Need a banquet facility? Planning an office function or a party? You'll be impressed that South Carolina State Museum of Columbia, SC is also a trusted banquet facility. We can accommodate groups of any size and provide a welcoming and beautifully decorated space.

Our museum will tell you the story of South Carolina!

It's also home to the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship. Visit the Stringer Discovery Center. It's the perfect place for families with young children to explore. Everything in the center is touchable, which is so important to young, learning minds. Also every weekend in the Science Theatre, the museum presents live, hands on science programs.  These fun, audience-participation shows cover many fascinating science topics.

Don't forget to visit our museum store, the Cotton Mill Exchange and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich between galleries at the Crescent Cafe.

A Unique Banquet Facility

Many people are surprised that we have a banquet facility on site. Our room is large enough to accommodate all event sizes. We look forward to working with you to plan a party or corporate event.

Book your child's next birthday party with us, or your next wedding in the 600 capacity atrium or the elegant 200 capacity Vista Room banquet facilities. Don't discount the importance of the perfect venue. More times than not, your event backdrop will provide your guests with all the memories they need. Your guests will long remember their special day!

One Of The Best Museums In The State Of South Carolina!

The State Museum was voted one of the three top museums by readers of Southern Living Magazine, along with the High Museum in Atlanta and the Smithsonian Institution. So whether you're young, old or in-between let us share with you the wealth of treasures and the history of the Palmetto State.

One of the best things about the State Museum is that it is great for people of all ages. It is truly a great experience for the whole family. It is a great way to learn about your home state of South Carolina as well as spend some time together with friends and family. If you're looking for something new and interesting to participate in, consider stopping by the South Carolina State Museum soon.

Come and enjoy art, cultural history, natural history, science and technology. Many of the museum's displays are interconnected. You will find there is history in our art, artistic beauty in our natural history and science, and history behind our technology.

Some of our many benefits include:

  • Museum event coordinator
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Comprehensive audio/visual media services
  • Well-equipped catering kitchen
  • Free gallery and exhibit access with daytime rentals
  • Ample free parking
  • Fully accessible to the mobility impaired
  • Cotton Mill Exchange museum store.

For more information please call (803)898-4901 or email:

Open some Mondays

Affiliated with the American Association of Museums (AAM).

Proudly serving the Columbia, SC area.


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Museum with four large floors covering art, history, natural history and science technology. Museum store, Cotton Mill exchange, Restaurant, Crescent Cafe, Banquet facility, vista room. The state museum has more than 70,000 artifacts in its collection.

Museum, cultural history, science & technology, gift shop, meeting facilities available.

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Established: 1988


  • American Association of Museums

    Smithsonian Affiliations Membership Program