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Cayce Historical Museum

Cayce City Hall Complex
1800 12th Street
Cayce, SC 29033
Open: Tuesday- Friday, 9am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2pm-5pm
(803) 796-9020

Take a trip back in time at the Cayce Historical Museum.

The museum chronicles the history of the first European settlement in South Carolina’s Midlands (then known as “the back country”) in the early 1700s.

The museum interprets the agricultural, social, and cultural heritage of the Cayce, Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, and West Columbia areas. Exhibits emphasize periods of colonial trade, agricultural development, and transportation from the 18th century through the present time. The museum also features Native American artifacts from the area dating back thousands of years.

The main building in the Cayce Historical Museum complex is a replica of a trading post, which was built in the Cayce area in 1765. That trading post was seized by the British during the American Revolution and used as a fort. In 1817, the building was purchased by the Cayce family who used it as a private residence for nearly 100 years. “Uncle Billy” Cayce, as he was affectionately known, ran a general store near the railroad tracks in an area then known as Cayce Crossing. When citizens decided to incorporate a town in 1914, it was named for the Cayce family.

Columbia Museum of Art

1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Tue – Thur & Sat: 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Fri: 10:00 a.m-9:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.
(803) 799-2810

The Columbia Museum of Art is a welcomed oasis of international art in Columbia, South Carolina’s city center, just blocks from the historic State Capitol building, University of South Carolina, fine restaurants, hotels and other attractions.

The Museum family is grateful for the generous support and vision of the City of Columbia, Richland County and the numerous donors and supporters who share the Museum’s mission to educate, enrich and inspire the community and visitors to our state.

Edventure Childrens’s Museum

211 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 779-3100

Behind EdVenture’s doors, there are six world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum’s front doors. Within the total 67,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children’s Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits.

EdVenture is designed to appeal to families and children around the state as well as visitors to the Midlands. Permanent exhibits and programs along with a vibrant schedule of changing exhibits will entice both return visitors and new arrivals. EdVenture’s average annual attendance is 200,000. Since opening on November 8, 2003, EdVenture has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Eighty percent of our visitors are families, with the remaining twenty percent attending as organized groups including school field trips, civic organizations and church clubs.

Lexington County Museum

231 Fox Street
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 359-8369

The Lexington County Museum, founded in 1970, offers a rare and unforgettable experience – the chance to see and touch a way of life gone forever.  Structures and furnishings focus on the early history of Lexington County and interpret the everyday lives of its residents from ca. 1770 until the Civil War.  The Museum complex, located in the heart of Lexington, encompasses seven acres and features 36 historic structures.  Exhibits focus on locally made artifacts including furniture and quilts.

Some of the historic structures include the original Lexington County post office, the oldest documented house in Lexington, and the house where the traditional song “Give Me That Old Time Religion” was composed.
Most notable among the buildings is the ten-room, two-story John Fox House that was built in 1832. Originally a plantation home, the John Fox House is furnished and decorated with period pieces from Lexington County that truly evoke pre-Civil War living conditions. At one time, over 50 people lived on the Fox House grounds (then encompassing 400 acres) that included a separate kitchen, a spinning room with a loom, and slaves’ quarters. Now, the Fox House is open to the public to see how residents lived in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Museum serves as an invaluable educational tool by promoting the county’s history and attracting school groups, many of which annually take tours of its grounds and buildings. It is a place where the citizens of Lexington County may take pride in their heritage and form a more closely-knit community through a heightened knowledge of their history

South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Tue – Sat: 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
First Sun of the Month
1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
(803) 737-8095

On Oct. 29, 1988, the South Carolina State Museum opened its doors, bringing to the citizens of the Palmetto State the newest, and one of the finest, state museums in America. Since that day it has awed, delighted and enlightened millions of visitors. The Museum has four large floors devoted to the disciplines of art, history, natural history and science/technology.

The State Museum has more than 70,000 artifacts in its collection, and it is still a very young institution.   The State Museum is housed in its largest artifact, the former Columbia Mill. This former textile mill also is a world-first. When it 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. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The State Museum was voted one of the three top museums by Southeastern readers of Southern Living magazine, along with the High Museum in Atlanta and the Smithsonian Institution.   Come and enjoy art, cultural history, natural history, science and technology. Many of the museums displays are interconnected. You will find there is history in our art, artistic beauty in our natural history and science, and history behind our technology.