South Carolina State Museum

South Carolina

A Smithsonian-affiliated museum exhibiting collections on the history, culture and geography of South Carolina. Kids will gawk at 'Finn,' the megalodon replica, and there's also a planetarium and a 4-D movie theater.

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Nearby South Carolina attractions

1. Columbia Museum of Art

0.81 MILES

One of South Carolina's most impressive collections of European and American art, the CMA was undergoing a $5- million permanent gallery expansion at the…

2. Robert Mills House & Gardens

1.29 MILES

Robert Mills is best known for designing the Washington Monument, and he's also the architect of this Classical Revival town house. The restored, stately…

3. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

1.61 MILES

Considered one of America's top zoos, Riverbanks regularly wins awards for design, animal care and breeding of endangered species. Popular exhibits…

4. City Roots


An 3.5-acre organic, sustainable farm just southeast of Columbia. Produce, herbs, flowers and mushrooms are all grown here, and there is also got a farm…

5. Congaree National Park

17.42 MILES

Inky-black water, dyed with tannic acid leached from decaying plant matter. Bone-white cypress stumps like the femurs of long-dead giants. Spanish moss as…