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. Christmas Traditions Dec 7 at 6pm. 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! Van Gogh & His Inspirations thru January 12, 2020. Monday: Closed | Tues – Sun: 10am – 5pm (Open until 8pm on the first Thursday of each month) 1515 Main Street
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. 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. SC Statehouse Monuments Tour Dec 7; Dec 15. 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. 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. SC/Texas History Day! Nov 16; Pearl Harbor Day Dec 7. 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.
Vast array of artifacts ranging from period and authentic firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles. Mon – Sat. 10am – 4pm except closed on “football Saturdays”. 1 National Guard Rd.
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. Santa Trains operate in December. Located in Winnsboro, 30 miles north of Columbia. 110 Industrial Park Rd.
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. Fall Festival and History Day Nov. 9. Open Mon & Wed-Fri: 10am – 5pm | Tue: 10am – 10pm 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. A Woman’s Right Dec 20, 2019-Dec 5, 2020. Mon-Fri: 8:30am – 5pm | Sat: 11am – 3pm. 1501 Pendleton Street 803-777-7251 Free