South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina
The South Carolina State Museum has four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.
It is the largest museum in the state, and is a Smithsonian Affiliate and part of the American Alliance of Museums.
The museum opened on October 29, 1988 and is housed in what it calls its largest artifact, the former Columbia Mills Building. When the mill opened in 1894, manufacturing cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material), it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world. It was also the first major industrial installation for the General Electric corporation.
The museum represents four disciplines: art, cultural history, science and technology, and natural history.
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