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South Carolina State House

1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
+1 803-734-2430
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Beautiful to Stroll

Walking around the State House Grounds is a true delight. There are cool statues and lots of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
NarrowMender
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Lexington, South Carolina
Very Interesting Tour of Beautiful Statehouse

Our tour began with a 15-minute video on the history and architecture of the grand structure. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
RetiredTravelerTN
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Nashville, TN
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A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
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"beautiful building"
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"guided tour"
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"civil war"
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"south carolina"
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"cannon balls"
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"lieutenant governor"
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"nice tour"
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"amazing history"
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"lots of history"
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"self guided"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Walking around the State House Grounds is a true delight. There are cool statues and lots of historic things to ogle at.I only wish the Flag was still in its proper place. Oh Carolina woe to you and your sons

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our tour began with a 15-minute video on the history and architecture of the grand structure. The guide was a very informative fellow who knows how to engage visitors. As we moved throughout the different areas of the building, we learned of the history of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The South Carolina State House is a lovely historical building which is worth spending an hour or two wandering around. The building itself is spectacular, large and stately and filled with interesting historical artifacts. The grounds are also worth a stroll.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Walked in and joined tour with elementary school boys and their tour guide. Nice video that explains the building and grounds. The building is amazing and gorgeous, full of art, sculptures, and ornate ceilings and woodwork. One suggestion is that tour guide should do more...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed walking around the grounds and taking in the building. We went in to do a tour and did not find it very interesting. The tour was free which was nice but they just repeated everything that was said in the video they...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a pleasant visit. The parking was plentiful and near to the state house. The grounds were immaculate and entry was easy. We did the self guided tour and had access to both chambers (senate and house). There was a great little gift shop...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently visited this historical State House and not only was I able to admire the beautiful architecture, and have an informative tour, I was able to meet with several of my area's representatives to get updates and ask questions about local issues and events....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a self guided tour of this impressive building. Before we started we watched a really good introductory video in the auditorium. I wish more Capitol buildings had such a video. There are guided tours but they were all full of student groups that...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We make it a point to tour state houses when we can. This beauty is one of our favorites. They offer guided tours, and the guides are always charming and informative.

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's nice when background stories are told while looking at the building. It is a nice building. There is a small gift shop and it does provide stamping if you collect Capital stamp in a Collector's book.

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sallysue1279
July 26, 2017|
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Response from Kathryn P | Property representative |
Our tours are complimentary, but we do offer a Gift Shop with unique South Carolina merchandise. Hope you'll visit soon!
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fr0sty7
July 30, 2016|
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Response from bakfar | Reviewed this property |
The State house should be of great interest to kids but ONLY if it is in session. Then it is great to see governing in action and the term lobbying takes on a new meaning when seen live. Make your plans accordingly.
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fr0sty7
July 30, 2016|
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Response from JackR46 | Reviewed this property |
Note - you do not have to take the official tour - you can take you own self-guided tour most of the time when the building is open for guided tours. Here's what their offical website says: • While the legislature is in... More
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