Located in the capital city of Columbia, the South Carolina Military Museum is one of the largest National Guard museums in the country. It's mission 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. 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 force multiplier for the United States Army and Air Force.
The South Carolina Military Museum possesses a vast array of artifacts ranging from period and authentic firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles. Although another expansion is on the horizon, the Museum currently consists of two large buildings packed with these artifacts in chronological order. Visitors can experience the entire scope of South Carolina’s military tradition as they literally travel in time.