The City of Columbia is full of exciting, informative, and entertaining museums! Whether it’s history, art, military, or education, we’ve got it all! Check out our list of Columbia area museums, and take your pick. No matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed!
Cayce Historical Museum
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. That trading post was seized by the British during the American Revolution and used as a fort. In 1817, the building was purchased by the Cayce family and they used it as a private residence for nearly 100 years. There is also an extensive collection of Native American artifacts on the second floor. Fascinating! More here.
Mondays & major holidays: Closed | Tues – Fri: 9am – 4pm | Sat & Sun: 2 – 5pm | 1800 12th Street 803-739-5385 | Admission
Columbia Museum Of Art
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! Exciting exhibitions cycle through every few months, so there’s always a new reason to visit the museum. Many programs are offered for free, and the CMA collection is one of the most comprehensive and eclectric in the region. Also Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art thru Sept 8. | Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas thru Sept. 8. More here.
Monday: Closed | Tues – Sun: 10am – 5pm (Open until 8pm on the first Thursday of each month) 1515 Main Street | 803-799-2810 Admission
Edventure Childrens Museum
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. EdVenture is a educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, afterschool programming and camps. Helping shape a new generation of people who love to learn is at the core of all we do. In fact, our mission is to inspire children, youth and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning as individuals, as families and as a community. More here.
Monday-Sunday: 9am-5pm | 211 Gervais Street. 803-779-3100 | Admission
Historic House Museums
Five house museums each give insight into the lives of generations of Columbians, beginning back in the early 1800’s. Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours: July 11 & Aug 8 from 7:30-9:30pm. More here.
General tours start at 10am Tuesday-Saturday; Sundays at 1pm. Start in the gift shop for tickets -1616 Blanding Street 803-252-7742. Admission
Lexington County Historical Museum
Through its 36 historic structures and furnishings, the museum focuses on the early history of Lexington County and its residents. Since 1970, the Lexington County Museum has opened doors to the region’s storied past. Wander through an expansive collection of structures that transports you from the colonial era to the Civil War. In the heart of Lexington, South Carolina, the seven-acre museum complex features 36 historic buildings. More here.
Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 4pm | Sun: 1 – 4pm. 231 Fox Street | 803-359-8369
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room And Military Museum
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. The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum features exhibits that focus on South Carolina’s military history. Experience the museum’s mission by exploring the museum’s three galleries (Main Gallery, The Cistern Gallery, and Malvina Gist Gallery) when you visit . More here.
Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm | First Sunday of the Month: 1 – 5pm | 301 Gervais Street | 803-737-8095 | Admission
South Carolina Military Museum
One of the largest National Guard museums in the country. It’s mission is to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen soldier and this State’s martial tradition from its colonial founding in 1670 to present-day operations. Featuring an impressive collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, the Museum tells the story of the South Carolina militia, its evolution into the National Guard, and its important role today. More here.
1 National Guard Rd. Mon – Sat. 10am – 4pm. 803-299-4440 | Free
South Carolina Railroad Museum
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. 110 Industrial Park Rd. scrm.org
South Carolina State Museum
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 1926 Alvan Clark refracting telescope. Space Week: July 20-28; Friday Night Laser Lights: July 26. More here.
Open Mon & Wed-Fri: 10am – 5pm | Tue: 10am – 8pm | Sat: 10am – 6pm | Sun: 12-5pm 301 Gervais Street. 803-898-4921 | Admission
USC’S McKissick Museum
Located on the University of South Carolina’s campus, the museum provides insight into the history of USC and the community, culture, and environment of the American South. The museum is free and open to the public, making it a great day trip for anyone interested in the story of Southern life. We’re home to more than 140,000 objects including one of the most extensive natural science collections in the Southeast. More here.
Thanks you! Love McKissick thru Dec 7. Mon-Fri: 8:30am – 5pm | Sat: 11am – 3pm. 1501 Pendleton Street | 803-777-7251 Free