When it’s raining or there’s bad weather, museums are a good alternative. Of course, some cost money, but a few are free. Sometimes the fee based museums have specials. You’ll need to check out their website for that information. Columbia, being the capital, is home to several museums. These include:
Columbia fire Dept Museum – 1800 Laurel
Small, but full of interesting exhibits of the history of Columbia’s fire dept with fire engines including a horse drawn steam powered one. Any child who lives fire engines will love this place.
EdVenture Children’s Museum – 211 Gervais St.
If you have little ones, this is a definite place to go. I enjoyed it myself when I went with my nephew and crawled through the world’s largest child, Eddy. It proved a bit challenging. There are plenty of hands on activities. Check the website for special events. One can spend a whole day here.
McKissick Museum – USC Horseshoe
At one time it was a library, but now it’s the visitor center and a museum. Some of the exhibits change.
SC Military Museum – 1225 Bluff Rd – you can’t miss the tanks sitting out front.
SC State Museum – 301 Gervais (has SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in it)
This offers all sorts of things, special exhibits. There’s a 4-D theater, an observatory, and a planetarium. The permanent collection is great too and I go there for just that. The hands on activities are fun. I love the space section.
Admission charged – check website as they sometimes have specials.
Columbia Museum of Art – 1515 Main St.
Contains art from Monet, Botticelli, and Chihuly (he does glass work). Check the website to see what touring exhibit is currently being shown.
Admission charged – They sometimes have specials so check their website