List of museums in South Carolina

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This list of museums in South Carolina, United States, encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Town/City Region Type Summary
Agricultural Heritage Center Blackville Central Savannah River Area Agriculture website, includes Agricultural Heritage Museum, a Discovery Center and a Hands-On Learning Center
Aiken Center for the Arts Aiken Central Savannah River Area Art website, arts center including a gallery with an emphasis on local and regional talent of the South
Aiken County Historical Museum Aiken Central Savannah River Area Local history website, information
Aiken-Rhett House Charleston Lowcountry Historic house
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum Aiken Central Savannah River Area Sports
American Legion Post #3 War Museum Greenville Upcountry Military website, history of military bases in Greenville and South Carolina.
American Military Museum Charleston Lowcountry Military website, includes artifacts from 14 American conflicts from the Revolutionary War through the recent war in Iraq, and from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard
Anderson City Fire Department Museum Anderson Upcountry Firefighting information, information
Anderson County Museum Anderson Upcountry Local history website
Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster Olde English District Biographical Includes museums about President Andrew Jackson and a replica of a late 18th-century one-room schoolhouse
Antiquers Haven Museum And Shop Liberty Upcountry History information, house with 1690 to 1890 period pieces, clothing, toys, guns, fine china, automobiles
Ashtabula Historic House Pendleton Upcountry Historic house 1790 plantation home
Avery Museum Charleston Lowcountry African American website, part of the College of Charleston, local African American art and cultural history
Barnwell County Museum Barnwell Central Savannah River Area Local history website, information
Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina Pendleton Agriculture information, South Carolina’s agricultural history and the impact on culture and economies
Beaufort Arsenal Beaufort Lowcountry Military information
Bedon-Lucas House Walterboro Lowcountry Historic house website, operated by the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, 19th century planter's home
Berkeley Museum Moncks Corner Lowcountry Local history information
BMW Zentrum Spartanburg Upcountry Automotive website
Bob Campbell Geology Museum Clemson Upcountry Geology website, part of Clemson University, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, mining
Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery Greenville Upcountry Art European art, Russian icons, Holy Land antiquities
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens Mount Pleasant Lowcountry Historic house Antebellum cotton plantation with original slave quarters
Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet Grand Strand Multiple Outdoor sculpture gardens, zoo and wildlife preserve
Browntown Museum Hemingway Pee Dee Historic house website, 1845 farmstead and outbuildings, operated by the Three Rivers Historical Society
Burt-Stark Mansion Abbeville Upcountry Historic house Site of the last Council of War of cabinet members of the Confederate government
Button Museum Bishopville Pee Dee Commodity website, information, items decorated with buttons
Camden Archives & Museum Camden Olde English District Local history website, local and county history and culture
Catawba Cultural Center Rock Hill Olde English District Native American website, history and culture of the Catawba Indian Nation
Cayce Historical Museum Cayce Midlands Local history website, agricultural, social, and cultural heritage of the Cayce, Old Saxe Gotha, Granby and West Columbia areas
Central History Museum Central Upcountry Local history website, operated by the Central Heritage Society
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site Mount Pleasant Lowcountry Historic house 1828 plantation home
Charleston Museum Charleston Lowcountry Multiple Includes main museum with exhibits of natural and local history and decorative arts, and two historic house museums, Heyward-Washington House and Joseph Manigault House
Cherokee County History and Arts Museum Gaffney Upcountry Multiple website, local history and art, operated by the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society
Cherokee County Veterans Museum Gaffney Upcountry Military information
Chester County Historical Society Museum Chester Olde English District Local history information
Chester County Transportation Museum Chester Olde English District Transportation information
Chesterfield County Museum Chesterfield Olde English District Local history information, operated by the
Children's Museum of South Carolina Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Children's website
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry Charleston Lowcountry Children's website
The Citadel Archives & Museum Charleston Lowcountry Military website, history of The Citadel, a military college
Clemson Area African American Museum Clemson Upcountry African American History website, African American history and culture
Clinton Museum Clinton Upcountry Local history information
Coastal Discovery Museum Hilton Head Island Lowcountry Multiple website, history, wildlife, and heritage of Coastal Carolina
Colleton Museum Walterboro Lowcountry Local history website
Collins Ole Towne Central Upcountry Open air information
Columbia Fire Department Museum Columbia Midlands Firefighting information
Columbia Museum of Art Columbia Midlands Art European and American fine and decorative art
Communication Museum Charleston Lowcountry Technology website, part of the College of Charleston, antique radios, televisions, phonographs, telephones, magic lanterns, motion picture projectors and other communications equipment
Comporium Telephone Museum Rock Hill Olde English District Technology website
Confederate Museum Charleston Lowcountry History Civil War memorabilia
Congaree National Park Hopkins Midlands Natural history Visitor center features exhibits about the natural history of the swamp
Cowpens Depot Museum Cowpens Upcountry Local history website
Cowpens National Battlefield Chesnee Upcountry Military Commemorates important battle of the American Revolution
Dillon County Museum Latta Pee Dee Local history website, operated by the Dillon County Historical Society, includes early 20th century doctor and dentist's offices, cotton and tobacco agricultural artifacts, military and local history artifacts
Drayton Hall Charleston Lowcountry Historic house 18th century indigo and rice plantation
Edisto Island Museum Edisto Island Lowcountry Multiple website, local history, culture and natural history
EdVenture Columbia Midlands Children's
Fairfield County Museum Winnsboro Midlands Local history website, information
Florence Museum of Art, Science and History Florence Pee Dee Multiple website, fine arts including American and European paintings, Asian art, African and African American art and artifacts, objects from Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Babylonia, ancient Greece and Rome, Civil War artifacts
Florence Railroad Museum Florence Pee Dee Railroad information
Fort Hill Clemson Upcountry Historic house Part of Clemson University, home of politician John C. Calhoun
Fort Jackson Museum Columbia Midlands Military website, history of Fort Jackson
Fort Moultrie National Monument Sullivan's Island Lowcountry Military Unit of Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument Charleston Lowcountry Military Encompasses three sites in Charleston: the original Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and the Fort Moultrie National Monument on Sullivan's Island
Francis Marion University Galleries Florence Pee Dee Art website, galleries in the Hyman Fine Arts Center and the Smith University Center at Francis Marion University
Freshwater Coast Discovery Center Edgefield Central Savannah River Area Local history website
Georgetown County Museum Georgetown Grand Strand Local history website
Georgetown Maritime Museum Georgetown Grand Strand Maritime website
Gibbes Museum of Art Charleston Lowcountry Art
Greenville Children's Museum Greenville Upcountry Children's website, opening 2009
Greenville County Museum of Art Greenville Upcountry Art Focus is American art
Greenville Cultural Exchange Center Greenville Upcountry African American website
Greenwood Railroad Historical Center Greenwood Upcountry Railroad website, includes vintage railroad cars
Greer Heritage Museum Greer Upcountry Local history information, information
Hagood-Mauldin House/Irma Morris Museum of Fine Arts Pickens Upcountry Historic house information, information, 17th and 18th century art and furnishings
Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center Pickens Upcountry Multiple website, 1845 grist mill with agriculture exhibits, two cabins and crafts demonstrations
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Charleston Lowcountry Art website, part of the College of Charleston
Hampton County Museum Hampton Lowcountry Military information
Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center Hampton Lowcountry Local history website
Hampton Plantation McClellanville Lowcountry Historic house Georgian rice plantation house
Hampton-Preston House Columbia Midlands Historic house Operated by the Historic Columbia Foundation
Hanover House Clemson Upcountry Historic house
Hartsville Museum Hartsville Pee Dee Local history website
Heyward House Bluffton Lowcountry Historic house website
Heyward-Washington House Charleston Lowcountry Historic house Late 18th-century house, operated by the Charleston Museum
Historic Brattonsville McConnells Olde English District Living Includes over 30 historic structures from the 1760s to the late 19th century
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site Camden Olde English District Open air 107-acre (0.43 km2) complex includes Colonial and Revolutionary War period historic houses
Hobcaw Barony Georgetown Grand Strand Multiple Includes Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center features exhibits on local history, archaeology, ecology and area wildlife, tours of the 1930s mansion of Bernard M. Baruch and the grounds of the former plantations
Hopsewee Plantation Georgetown Grand Strand Historic house Typical low country rice plantation with 18th & 19th century furnishings
The Hunley Charleston Lowcountry Maritime Recovered sunken Confederate submarine that is undergoing conservation
Huntington Beach State Park Murrells Inlet Grand Strand Historic house Includes Atalaya Castle, home of art scholar Archer M. Huntington and sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, and a nature center
Jacob Kelley House Museum Hartsville Pee Dee Historic house information
John Mark Verdier House Beaufort Lowcountry Historic house
Joseph Manigault House Charleston Lowcountry Historic house Furnished with early 18th century antiques, operated by the Charleston Museum
James W. Dillon House Museum Dillon Pee Dee Historic house website, operated by the Dillon County Historical Society, early 20th century period house
Kaminski House Museum Georgetown Grand Strand Historic house website, 1769 house with 18th & 19th century American and English antiques
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Charleston Lowcountry History Changing exhibits from its collections
Keowee-Toxaway Museum Six Mile Upcountry Native American
Kilgore-Lewis House Greenville Upcountry Historic house website, headquarters for the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs
Kings Mountain National Military Park Blacksburg Upcountry Military Commemorates important battle of the American Revolution
Kings Mountain State Park Blacksburg Upcountry Farm Includes recreated early 19th-century farm
Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area Ninety Six Central Savannah River Area History Includes Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
Lando Manetta Mills History Center Lando Olde English District Local history website, history of the former textile mill community
Lee Gallery Clemson Upcountry Art website, part of Clemson University
Lexington County Museum Lexington Midlands Open air Includes 36 historic houses and outbuildings
Louis G. Gregory Bahá’í Museum Charleston Lowcountry Biographical website, prominent Bahá'í Faith member Louis George Gregory
Lowcountry Visitor's Center and Museum Yemassee Lowcountry Local history website
Lunney House Museum Seneca Upcountry Local history website, 1909 Queen-Anne style bungalow; House museum detailing the "Life Journey" of Dr. John & Mrs. Lilian Mason Lunney.
Macaulay Museum of Dental History Charleston Lowcountry Medical website, dental instruments and memorabilia, part of the Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Charleston Lowcountry Historic house 17th & 18th century rice plantation
Main Street Children's Museum Rock Hill Olde English District Children's Museum website, creative play exhibits based on artwork of cartoonist Vernon Grant
Marion County Museum Marion Pee Dee Local history information
Marlboro County Historical Museum Bennettsville Pee Dee Local history information, includes Jennings-Brown House
McKissick Museum Columbia Midlands Multiple website, part of University of South Carolina, includes natural history, minerals, fine and decorative arts, southern traditional crafts, historic artifacts
Middleton Place Mount Pleasant Lowcountry Historic house 18th century rice plantation
Miniature World of Trains Greenville Upstate Transportation website, large model train display depicting how transportation and infrastructure system work world wide
Monsanto Art Gallery Greenwood Upcountry Art website, part of Lander University
Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green Greenville Upcountry Art Changing exhibits, Old Master paintings and decorative arts, satellite museum of the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery
Museum and Library of Confederate History Greenville Upcountry Military website, portrays war and home life in the South during the Civil War
The Museum in Greenwood Greenwood Upcountry Multiple Local cultural and natural history, technology, period room and store displays, art
Museum of Education Columbia Midlands Education website, part of University of South Carolina
Museum of Western York County Sharon Olde English District Local history website, includes agriculture, military and household artifacts
Museum of York County Rock Hill Olde English District Multiple website, local history, natural history, decorative arts, art
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Cross Anchor Upcountry Military Site of an American Revolutionary War battle
Nathaniel Russell House Charleston Lowcountry Historic house
National Bean Market Museum Lake City Pee Dee Local history information
National Steeplechase Museum Camden Olde English District Sports website, history of steeplechasing from its origins in Britain to the present
Ninety Six National Historic Site Ninety Six Central Savannah River Area Military Site of an American Revolutionary War battle
North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center North Charleston Lowcountry Firefighting website
Nostalgia City and Museum Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Automotive website, antique cars, fire trucks, agriculture equipment, automotive memorabilia, media memorabilia, household items
Oconee Heritage Center Walhalla Upcountry Local history website
Oconee Station State Historic Site Walhalla Upcountry Historic house Includes 1792 Oconee Station and 1805 William Richards House
Oconee Veterans Museum Walhalla Upcountry Military website, also known as Patriot's Hall
Old Exchange Building Charleston Lowcountry History Includes costumed tours of the historic building and dungeon
Old Santee Canal Park Moncks Corner Lowcountry Multiple website, includes Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center, a local history museum, and Stony Landing House, a furnished 19th century period home
Old Slave Mart Charleston Lowcountry Historic site Story of Charleston's role in the inter-state slave trade
Parris Island Museum Parris Island Lowcountry Military History of the United States Marine Corps and Port Royal region
Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum Mount Pleasant Lowcountry Maritime Features four museum ships, including the USS Yorktown (CV-10), an aircraft carrier
Pauline Pratt Webel Museum Ridgeland Lowcountry Local history information, information
Pendleton District Agricultural Museum Pendleton Upcountry Agriculture information
Pickens County Museum of Art & History Pickens Upcountry Multiple website, local history exhibits and three art galleries
Postal History Museum Charleston Lowcountry Philatelic information
Powder Magazine Charleston Lowcountry Military Used during the Colonial and American Revolution periods to store ammunition
Price House Spartanburg Upcountry Historic house website, operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, 18th century plantation home and slave cabin
Ragtops & Roadsters Auto Museum Murrells Inlet Automotive website
Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center Ravenel Lowcountry Multiple website, natural and cultural history, wetlands and trails
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site Beech Island Central Savannah River Area Historic house 1959 plantation house with preserved slave quarters
REVIVA Museum Iva Upcountry Local history website
Rice Museum Georgetown Grand Strand Multiple website, area rice culture, maritime history, cultural history and art
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Amusement
Rivers, Rails and Crossroads Regional Discovery Center Blackville Central Savannah River Area Local history website, development of agriculture, the railroads, industry, people and cultures of the region
Robert Mills House Columbia Midlands Historic house Operated by the Historic Columbia Foundation
Roper Mountain Science Center Greenville Upcountry Multiple 62-acre site includes the Living History Farm, the Darell W. Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, the Simms Hall of Science, the T.C. Hooper Planetarium, and the Daniel Observatory
Ruth Drake Museum Belton Upcountry Local history information, information, located in the railroad depot
Saluda County Historical Society Museum & Theater Saluda Midlands Local history website
The Sandbox Hilton Head Island Lowcountry Children's website
Seay House Spartanburg Upcountry Historic house website, operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, turn-of-the-20th-century farmstead life
Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library Greenville Upcountry Biographical website, baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson
Slave Relic Museum Walterboro Lowcountry African American website, exhibits actual artifacts that were made and used by enslaved Africans from 1750 to the mid-19th century
South Carolina Civil War Museum Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Military website, includes period firearms, edged weapons, gowns and petticoats, books, newspapers, exhibits on finances and money, slavery, causes of the Rebellion, projectiles, and personal effects
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Columbia Midlands Military website, military history of South Carolina
South Carolina Cotton Museum Bishopville Pee Dee Industry website, cotton uses, farming and processing
South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Columbia Midlands Law enforcement website
South Carolina Railroad Museum Winnsboro Old English District Railroad website, includes heritage steam train ride, display of railroad cars and artifacts
South Carolina State Museum Columbia Midlands Multiple Exhibits include art, history, natural history, science and technology
South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Belton Upcountry Sports information, located in the railroad depot
South Carolina Tobacco Museum Mullins Pee Dee Agriculture website
Spartanburg Art Museum Spartanburg Upcountry Art website
Spartanburg Regional History Museum Spartanburg Upcountry Local history website, operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association
Spartanburg Science Center Spartanburg Upcountry Science website
Summerville-Dorchester Museum Summerville Lowcountry Local history website
Sumter County Gallery of Art Sumter Pee Dee Art website
Sumter County Museum Sumter Pee Dee Multiple website, includes main museum with local history, art and decorative arts exhibits, and Carolina Backcountry Homestead complex
Thomas Elfe House Charleston Lowcountry Historic house
Union County Museum Union Old English District Local history website
Upcountry History Museum Greenville Upcountry Local history History of the Upcountry South Carolina region
Village Museum McClellanville Lowcountry Local history website
Wagener Museum Wagener Central Savannah River Area Local history website
Walnut Grove Plantation Spartanburg Upcountry Historic house Operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, 18th century plantation home and historic outbuildings
War Between the States Museum Florence Pee Dee History
White Home Rock Hill Olde English District Historic house 1870s portrayal of the home of the White family, major town founders of Rock Hill
Wild Turkey Center and Winchester Museum Edgefield Central Savannah River Area Sports website, headquarters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, restoration, management and hunting of the wild turkey
Williamsburgh Historical Museum Kingstree Pee Dee Local history information
Williston Museum Williston Central Savannah River Area Local history website
Winthrop University Galleries Rock Hill Olde English District Art website, three galleries
Woodburn Historic House Pendleton Upcountry Historic house 1830 plantation home
World of Energy Seneca Upcountry Science website, operated by Duke Power at the Oconee Nuclear Station
York W. Bailey Museum St. Helena Island Lowcountry Local history website, local history and Gullah culture

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