South Carolina Military Museum, Columbia

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The mission of the South Carolina Military Museum is to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen soldier and this State’s martial tradition from its colonial founding in 1670 to present-day operations worldwide. Featuring an impressive collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, the Museum tells the story of the South Carolina militia, its evolution into the National Guard, and its important role today as a reserve component and force multiplier for the United States Army and Air Force.

The South Carolina Military Museum possesses a vast array of authentic firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, ordnance, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles that literally bring history to life. These include a Columbiad Cannon that once protected Charleston Harbor, an AH-64A Apache Cockpit and Weapons Trainer, and an H-13B “Sioux” Helicopter – serial number one! Interspersed throughout are also such items as an M48A1 “Patton” Tank, an amphibious WWII German Schwimmwagen, one-of-a-kind Type II Blakely Rifled Cannons, an F-104 downward-firing ejection seat, and a rare collection of South Carolina swords / sabers



One can easily find pieces of the Palmetto State’s military history elsewhere. But only the South Carolina Military Museum offers genuine artifacts from every period in South Carolina history. From “new world” battles with the Spanish to hunting down Taliban in Afghanistan, the Museum honors all of South Carolina’s sons and daughters in uniform. Their history, after all, is our history and the South Carolina Military Museum is devoted to preserving this legacy for all generations.

Visit or schedule a tour today, and discover a history forged in battle!

Holidays the Museum is closed:

New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day (Weekend)

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Weekend (Thursday through Sunday)

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Day after Christmas

The Museum is closed on days of all home games for the University of South Carolina.
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  • Have started making a habit of visiting state run military museums. Displays here are a step above most. Interior signage is excellent, with not only good data, but nice design. About half the... 
    Have started making a habit of visiting state run military museums. Displays here are a step above most. Interior signage is excellent, with not only good data, but nice design. About half the...  more »
  • This free museum has many displays that you will not find in other military museums. Examples are several exhibits on German WW II equipment & the frame of a WW II glider. This is on the grounds of....  more
    This free museum has many displays that you will not find in other military museums. Examples are several exhibits on German WW II equipment & the frame of a WW II glider. This is on the grounds of....  more »
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  • Amazing museum. Lots of artifacts, weapons, and vehicles to look at. Fully air conditioned and very clean. Would recommend!
  • Amazing place with lots of great history. Can't beat the free admission. What a great deal and tons of education all for nothing!

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