Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the South Carolina National Guard and honoring the memories of the men and women citizen soldiers who, for over 300 years have served South Carolina and the United States.
We welcome the public to view our exhibits that contain artifacts ranging from the late 17th century to today’s current Gulf War on Terror. With our displays of weapons, uniforms and other time period relevant pieces; the rich history of our state comes to life. Schedule a tour with one of our docents and be wowed with the bulk of knowledge of our weapons displays or walk through on your own and the text plates can provide a captivating view into these different conflicts. The museum is operated by a small staff and group of volunteers that have backgrounds mostly with the military. The story that is told by this museum is exclusive to South Carolina further enriched by personal recollections from the soldiers perspective.
Outside the museum building visitors may view larger vehicles and equipment that was used by the military at different periods. Our museum is in the process of expanding and more vehicles will be accessible to the public as the second building is complete. As part of the expansion project the plans are underway for a research library as well as an online archive that will be also free of charge to the public.
Regardless of background the museum has something that will appeal to everyone. We pride ourselves on the exhibits, extensive research was done on all items on display as well as the detailed history behind each of the artifacts. If you live in South Carolina or just passing through, the South Carolina Military Museum is a must see on your itinerary!
The museum will be closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day