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South Carolina State House

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Craftsmanship on this building is impressive.

Beautiful grounds surrounds the area and some of the trees where the limbs are hanging down and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
A lovely, park-like grounds with rich history, inside and out

This capitol building and grounds is well worth a 1-2 hour visit. The tour of the building is free... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sandi B
Columbia, South Carolina
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A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.
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1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful grounds surrounds the area and some of the trees where the limbs are hanging down and touching the ground seemed to have a story to tell. I left the area with a very Heavy Heart it was as if Ancestors was Speaking!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This capitol building and grounds is well worth a 1-2 hour visit. The tour of the building is free and informative, and the large, grassy grounds surrounding the building are a lovely place for a picnic. History lessons abound if you simply read the markers,...More

Thank Sandi B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every time I can, I will always visit a state house, as for me it is another celebration of our democracy and freedom. They offer organized tours that last approximately an hour, however, they also provide handouts that are quite helpful not only for the...More

Thank adalbert3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always a great learning experience every time we go. A variety off adventure for all ages and education levels.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The building is large and elegant. Curving staircases, sculpted ceilings made to look like wood. Marble and granite everywhere. Definitely take a free docent led tour to appreciate its history and grandeur The gardens are well kept, with interesting statues and monuments all around.

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Reviewed 9 August 2018

They protected building during civil war with palm trees to deflect cannon balls. Contraversy over flying confederate flag went national....run by good ole boys. Building worth a visit.

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Reviewed 7 August 2018

I helped chaperone a school group, and we were able to coordinate with State House guides who could explain the significance of the statues around the grounds, point out the battle scars of Sherman's cannons, and allow us to see the chambers of the senate...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

beautiful grounds, stately old building with battle scars.. George Washingtons cane was broken off my a marauding Union Soldier,

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Reviewed 2 August 2018

The State House has a beautiful garden and great statues outside. The historical bits written on each statue are not exactly objective, but still super neat.

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 9 July 2018

I had never visited our State House and have wanted to for some time. It is definitely a must see. It's beautiful! The guided tour was very well done and packed with lots of history. Important for us … it accommodated my husband's mobility scooter...More

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26 July 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!
30 July 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.
30 July 2016|
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