South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 898-4921
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Museum in Columbia, SC

The South Carolina State Musuem 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.

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. 

When it opened in 1894, it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world. It is listed on the National Registor 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.

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. 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 efvents backdrop will provide your guests with all the memories they need. Your guests will long remember their special day!

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.

Our museum will tell you the story of South Carolina!

Housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, our "biggest artifact," the South Carolina State Museum tells the story of South Carolina through our many exhibits and programs.

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.

We also offer banquet facilities and convention services in Columbia, SC. 

Visit Our Store

We’ve explored every corner of the state to bring you the best of South Carolina.  The Cotton Mill Exchange offers a surprising array of unique items for the discerning customer.  Beautiful linens, jewelry, decorative items for your home or office, gourmet food and much more can all be found at the Cotton Mill Exchange located in the lobby of the historic South Carolina State Museum.

Meeting facilities available:

Our facilities include some of the most memorable wedding ceremony sites in South Carolina. When you use our meeting facilities, you will have the privilege of working with the event planners of South Carolina State Museum. 

South Carolina State Museum offers banquet facilities and convention services at their museum. The banquet facilities also comes with an on-site catering service that will help you with any food or beverage needs. Call today for more information on the complete convention services offered.
Signature Catering Banquet facilities in Columbia, SC  Catering, our on-site caterer, can satisfy all of your food and beverage needs.

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: facilityrental@scmuseum.org

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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Hours of Operation:
Monday:
CLOSED
Tuesday:
10:00AM
-
5:00PM
Wednesday:
10:00AM
-
5:00PM
Thursday:
10:00AM
-
5:00PM
Friday:
10:00AM
-
5:00PM
Saturday:
10:00AM
-
5:00PM
Sunday:
1:00PM
-
5:00PM

Open on Mondays

Between Memorial Day & Labor Day

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Established:

1988

Affiliations:
  • American Association of Museums

    Smithsonian Affiliations Membership Program

Payments Accepted:

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