History and Social Studies

Featured History Museums/Exhibits

Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina

The Bart Garrison Agriculture Museum of South Carolina allows groups to experience a virtual tractor simulator, hands-on automated milking cow, honeybee hives, Civil War-era barn, working cotton gin, and more hands-on S.T.E.A.M. focused activities. 120 History Lane, Pendleton, SC 29670. Tel: 864-646-7271. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry St. SW, Aiken, SC 29801. 803-642-2015. This museum catalogs local county history with exhibits on pottery, sports, former local businesses, military heritage, antiques, natural history, and much more. Free.

Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. 843-689-6767 ext. 228. Students can learn about life in colonial times, including medicine, crops, and transportation. Depending on their trip focus, students may get to work with indigo dye, play colonial games, examine replica artifacts, and more. Fee.

Greenwood Museum

106 Main St., Greenwood, SC 29646. 864-229-7093. Enter the Greenwood time machine by dressing in period clothing and walking down 1900's Main Street. Visitors can also pan for gems and minerals in the mineral exhibit, and learn about animal migration, science, and old technology. Fee.

Horry County Museum

805 Main St., Conway, SC 29526. 843-205-5320. Features a variety of materials from old tools and photographs, to miniatures of industries. Groups will learn about Southern heritage while also observing natural history exhibits, a display tank of fish, garments and quilts, artifacts, and other treasures. Free.

South Carolina Cotton Museum

121 West Cedar Ln., Bishopville, SC 29010. 803-484-4497. Houses everything cotton-related: 1 of only 7 plantation spinners in the US, a 130-year old loom, a 3 ft.-tall boll weevil, and a tenement farmhouse. Learn the history of cotton production, and how seed cotton is transformed into usable fiber. Fee.

South Carolina Maritime Museum

729 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440. 843-520-0111. The South Carolina Maritime Museum celebrates the rich maritime history of South Carolina and the Port of Georgetown, the state’s 2nd largest seaport, through photographs, documents, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. Free.

South Carolina Relic Room & Military Museum

301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201. 803-737-8095. Receive a close-up view of the experience of war, including home front hardships, economic concerns, and the role of technology. See artifacts and a collection of historic flags. Special programs available by request, such as living history, swords in SC military history, and so on. Free.