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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201, USA

On December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. Beginning with an original signed copy of the Ordinance of Secession, the Civil War exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum focuses on the war as it affected South Carolina. Holdings include period weapons from both sides of the conflict, including the Morse Carbine, one of the few weapons produced in Greenville, South Carolina. A circa-1960 reproduction of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley is also on display, supplemented by panels that incorporate new evidence from the 1995 discovery of the original off Charleston Harbor.


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Take I-26 to Columbia past the intersection with I-20. Stay in one of the left two lanes and take I-126 toward town. Bear right onto the Huger St. exit. Go 4 stop lights to Gervais St. Turn right onto Gervais, and the museum entrance is a half-block on your right, just before the bridge crossing the river.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, handicapped access, gift shop, information, food, tours.

Regular Events

Third Saturday in February: Columbia Civil War Alliance Tour of Sherman's Route. Call or check Web site for full schedule of events.

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Admission Fee

Adults $7, seniors $6, children $5, ages 2 and under free


Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm



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