Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Columbia.

Fort Jackson Museum


The United States Army-Fort Jackson museum focuses on the 200 years of South Carolina's military history. With more than 4,000 historic items, including weapons, uniforms and even vehicles, this is a fascinating glimpse at military life and...  Read More

Cayce Historical Museum


This museum's exhibits lead you on a historical and cultural tour of life in this region from the18th century – when the area was known as "the back country" – to the present. Exhibits cover a variety of topics, including agriculture, Native...  Read More

Lexington County Museum


This museum's unique tour is led by guides garbed in authentic 19th century dress. They'll take you through 15 historic buildings full of antebellum arts, crafts and exhibits depicting daily life. See handcrafted furnishings and art from the pre-Civil War period.



At Columbia's EdVenture you'll meet the 40-foot tall Eddie, who lives in the atrium across from the entrance. Through a series of tunnels and slides, kids can explore inside Eddie and discover just how amazing the human body is. The fun doesn't...  Read More

University Of South Carolina
McKissick Museum


Run by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina and located on the historic Horseshoe, this museum hosts an impressive permanent exhibit of minerals, gemstones, and 18th century silver. The displays focus on the history,...  Read More



South Carolina's largest fine arts museum, this facility houses the impressive Samuel H. Kress collection of baroque and Renaissance pieces, as well as a wide array of European and American fine art. Traveling exhibits present works from a...  Read More

Columbia Fire Museum


Housed inside the fire department's main headquarters, this museum traces the history of firefighting in Columbia from the mid-1800s to the present. The state's largest fire department has a colorful history, and the artifacts on exhibit –...  Read More

SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum


This collection focuses on Civil War artifacts but also exhibits an overview of regional history from colonial years up through the modern era. See military garb, weapons, and portraits and learn about military figures like Robert E. Lee,...  Read More

South Carolina Department of Archives and History


South Carolina's historical records dating back to 1671 can be viewed in these extensive archives. A changing but always fascinating schedule of exhibits delves deeper into the state's rich past.

South Carolina State Museum


Inside a century-old textile mill, this museum presents a comprehensive collection of art, history and science exhibits depicting South Carolina's past, present and future. From natural history to technology to fine arts, this museum has...  Read More