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Gaining statehood in 1788, South Carolina is a historic state is ever there was one. For those interested in the tale, museums throughout the Palmetto State tell the fascinating account of South Carolina’s storied past.
For starters, history buffs may visit the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia – South Carolina’s capital and largest metropolitan area. The largest museum in southeastern America, the South Carolina State Museum is housed in the historic Columbia Mills Building – found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and built in 1893.
The museum features life size replicas of South Carolina artifacts like the Best Friend of Charleston locomotive, and permanent exhibits divided into cultural history, science and technology, natural history, and South Carolina artwork.
Set on the South Carolina coast, Charleston features an incredible historic district and museums galore. Visitors of North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and the Holy City itself need visit the Charleston Historic District, the Charleston's French Quarter District, and the Charleston Navy Yard Historic District – all listed on the register. Charleston historic sites include Battery Park, the Market Hall and Sheds, the Exchange and Provost, Fort Sumter National Monument, and the iconic Charleston Museum.
Known as America’s first museum, the Charleston Museum was established in 1773, and exhibits South Carolina’s local and natural history. Set in the Holy City’s downtown historic district, the Charleston Museum features the Heyward-Washington House, the Joseph Manigault House, and the Dill Sanctuary. Open daily, the museum also includes the interactive Kidstory exhibit – perfect for those with the family in tow.
More history museums are found throughout South Carolina – from the coast to upcountry. Check out the Dillon County Museum in Latta, the Marlboro County Historical Museum in Bennettsville, and Ridgeland’s Pauline Pratt Webel Museum.
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