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Museums

January 3, 2019

Living in a state so rich with history gives the city of Columbia an amazing variety of museums! From history to art, education to military, Columbia has every type of exhibit for which you could ask. Get exploring today! 


Freedom Now: Happening Through March 29

Moments captured in Civil Rights History.

This exhibit features photos taken during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. As many of the images are undocumented, visitors are invited to come into the State Library to help identify the people the photos, and the dates they were taken.

This exhibition is a significant part of our state’s history, and will be on display until March 29th! Read more here.

Monday- Friday, 8:30 AM – 5 PM |1500 Senate Street | 803-739-5385


Cayce Historical Museum

1800 12th Street | 803.739.5385 | Website

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Housed in a replica of a 1765 Cayce trading post, the Cayce Historical Museum aims to share the rich history of the Cayce, Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, and West Columbia areas with visitors.

Visiting Hours: Mondays & major holidays: Closed | Tues – Fri: 9am – 4pm | Sat & Sun: 2 – 5pm

Admission: 

  • Adults: $3
  • Seniors(62+): $2
  • Military(with ID): $2
  • Children(3-12): $1
  • Infants 2 and under FREE

*Free Admission Sundays


Columbia Museum of Art

1515 Main Street | 803.799.2810 | Website

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The Columbia Museum of Art is among the leading art institutions in the country, with over 25 galleries that house art that spans 5,000 years of history!

Jackson Pollock: Mural – Until May 19, 2019.

Monday: Closed | Tues – Fri: 11am – 5pm (Open until 8pm on the first Thursday of each month)  Sat: 10am – 5pm

Admission: 

  • Members: FREE
  • Children (<6): FREE
  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors (65+): $10
  • Military: $10
  • Students: $5


Edventure Childrens Museum

211 Gervais Street | 803.779.3100 | Website

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All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Introduces kids to the worlds of flight, the human body, pets, cooking, making things, the natural world and more.

Monday – Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Admission:

  • Members: FREE
  • Children under 2: FREE
  • Children and Adults: $11.95
  • Seniors (age 62+): $10.95
  • Military (with ID): $10.95
  • Educator (with ID): $10.95
  • Groups (15+ w/RSVP): $8.50

Historic House Museums

1616 Blanding Street | 803.252.7742 | Website

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The Robert Mills House (est. 1823)

Five house museums each give insight into the lives of generations of Columbians, beginning back in the early 1800’s.

Tours start at 10am Tuesday-Saturday; Sundays at 1pm.

Admission:

Age GroupTour One HouseTour Two HousesTour Three HousesTour All Four Houses
Adults$10$19$28$36
Youth (6-12)$7$13$19$24
HC MembersFreeFreeFreeFree
5 and underFreeFreeFreeFree


Lexington County Historical Museum

231 Fox Street | 803-359-8369 | Website

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The John Fox House (est. 1832)


Through its 36 historic structures and furnishings, the museum focuses on the early history of Lexington County and its residents, providing a thorough and informative experience.

Open Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM- 4 PM| Sunday: 1 PM- 4 PM

Admission:

  • Adults: $5.00
  • Children: $2.00

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

301 Gervais Street | 803-737-8095 | Website

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Collects, preserves, and exhibits South Carolina’s military culture from the colonial era to the present. The museum was founded in 1896, and is the third oldest museum in the state. Explore South Carolina’s military history through informative and award-winning exhibits, featuring many rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts.

Open Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM | First Sunday of the Month: 1 – 5 PM

Admission:

  • Adults (18-61): $6.00
  • Seniors (62+): $5.00
  • Military (active duty and veterans): $5.00
  • Youth (10-17): $3.00
  • First Sunday of the Month: $1.00
  • Children (<9): FREE
  • Members: FREE

South Carolina Military Museum

1 National Guard Rd. | 803-299-4440 | Website

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This historic and educational museum is one of the largest National Guard museums in the country. Featuring both real and replica military equipment, you’ll learn about our nation’s defense system in a fascinating, hands-on way!

Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Admission: FREE


South Carolina Railroad Museum

110 Industrial Park Rd. | Website

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Exhibits many pieces of rolling equipment, cars, cabooses and engines. Offers regular rides on its own track. Located in Winnsboro, 30 miles north of Columbia.

Admission:

  • Adults: $20 Advance Tickets
  • Children: $15 Advance Tickets

South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais Street |803-898-4921 |Website

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Four floors of permanent exhibits on history, art, natural history and science and technology as well as a variety of changing and traveling exhibits, a 55-foot digital dome planetarium, 4D theater, and 2,500 square foot observatory that features a Alvan Clark refracting telescope from 1926!

Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM | Tuesday: 10 AM – 8 PM | Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM| Sunday: 12 PM -5 PM

Admission:

  • Adult (13-61): $8.95
  •  Seniors (62 +): $7.95
  • Children (3-12): $6.95
  • Infants (<2): FREE

*Active duty military personnel in uniform receives free general admission on Thursdays.


USC’s McKissick Museum

1501 Pendleton Street | 803-777-7251 | Website

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Located on the University of South Carolina’s campus, this museum provides insight into the history of USC, as well as the community, culture, and environment of the American South.

Swag & Tassel: The Innovative Stoneware of Thomas Chandler – Through July 20, 2019.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM- 5 PM| Saturday: 11 AM- 3 PM. 

Admission: FREE


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