The South Carolina State Museum is in the old Columbia Mills Building and that’s its problem. It’s just too big. The AAA gives it a gem and compliments its “four floors of hands-on exhibits”. I was quickly tired of looking at the machinery used for processing cotton, war weapons, planets, bones, ETC. Every state has a museum or historical society facility, and the better ones tell you a lot about the state without exhausting detail.
The 4th floor has a telescope display, information about both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, a displays about plantation life and Native Americans, and more. By the time I got to the 2nd floor Dinosaur Gallery, I was ready to head for the exit which was down some stairs by the Reverend Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Theater. I no longer had interest in the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum downstairs, which required a separate admission or a combo ticket. Maybe it was just a slow day, but I only saw half a dozen other visitors the entire time. Ruth wouldn’t even go in.
The city of Columbia has a lot of fine attractions, and its Official Visitor Guide put the South Carolina Stare Museum in a “Don’t Miss” category. Maybe if I had been there with children, I’d have a different opinion. Unlike me, who tries to see as much as possible, kids have a way of focusing on just a couple of things or suggest that I buy them ice cream when they get bored. When I later read in the visitors guide that the CONFEDERATE Relic Room had artifacts from the Colonial Era to the present time, I wasn’t surprised. Or interested.