“A Capital of Museums” Museums to visit in Capital City/Lake Murray Country Capital City/Lake Murray Country is the place where you can tour 10 museums in one region! Museums are for visitors to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. Each museum offers programs and activities for a range of audiences, including adults, children, and families, as well as those for more specific professions. And with the establishment of virtual museums, some of these institutions are up and running online for you to surf their site for the information you are looking for. We’ve shared our top ten list below…Come visit and explore these fine institutions! Cayce Historical Museum (Cayce City Hall Complex, 1800 12th Street, Cayce.) The town of Cayce encompasses the site of Ft. Granby, one of the earliest inland villages and the scene of two Revolutionary battles. The museum is a replica of the old Cayce House, a trading post of the 1700’s. Open: Tues.-Fri. 9am4pm; Sat. & Sun. 2pm-5pm. Phone: (803) 796-9020. Visit: historysc.com Columbia Museum of Art (Main at Hampton Streets, Columbia.) The museum has a wide variety of European and American fine and decorative art, including one of the largest collections of Baroque and Renaissance art in the southeast. Open: Wed., Thurs., Sat. 10am-5pm; Fri. 10am-9pm; Sun. 15pm. Phone: (803) 799-2810. Visit: columbiamuseum.org EdVenture Children’s Museum (211 Gervais Street, Columbia) EdVenture is a 67,000 square foot hands-on museum for children 12 and younger. The museum features eight galleries, two resource centers, a library, a theater and Eddie – the world’s largest child! Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. Noon to 5pm. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day on Mondays and Holidays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Phone: (803) 779-3100. Visit: edventure.org Fort Jackson Museum (Bldg. 4442 Fort Jackson Boulevard, Columbia) Offers an assortment of military weapons, uniforms and other equipment to illustrate how American Soldiers have been trained to perform in peacetime and in war. The displays are supplemented by exhibits of special areas of interest. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm; Closed weekends and federal holidays. Free. Phone: (803) 751-7419. Kensington Mansion (c. 1854, U.S. 601 in Eastover) This 29-room, 12,000 square foot mansion is magnificent with its sky lighted dome and elaborate cornices and moldings. The home reflects the life of pre-war southern aristocracy. Not Handicapped accessible. Tours: Fri. & Sat. 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, & 2:30pm. Phone: (803) 353-0456. Lexington County Museum (231 Fox Street at U.S. 378, Lexington.) Costumed guides lead tours of the complex, which includes three 18th century cabins, two antebellum homes, an 1870 post house and the 1832 John Fox House, complete with nine rooms of authentic furnishings. Open: Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. 1-4. Last tour begins at 3pm. Phone: (803) 359-8369. Visit: teachingushistory.org/qt-lex McKissick Museum (Head of the USC Horseshoe, Sumter Street, Columbia.) Features changing exhibits, along with Bernard Baruch’s silver collection, geology and gemstone exhibits. Open: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am5pm; Sat. 11am-3pm. Free. Phone: (803) 777-7251. Saluda County Historical Museum & Theatre (c. 1936, Town Square, Saluda.) Houses historic artifacts and genealogical information. Visit the courthouse (c. 1917) on the square and the Saluda Theatre. The theatre built in 1936 is one of the last of those standing built in the Art Deco style. Also on the square is the Saluda County Museum with information on Travis and Bonham. The museum gives directions to the historic Bonham House (c.1780), the only existing birthplace of an Alamo hero and to the monument marking Travis’ birthplace. Open: Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Phone: (864) 445-8550. SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum (301 Gervais Street, Columbia) Inside the Columbia Mills Building, with the SC State Museum. Collections from the colonial period to modern times. Phone: (803) 737-8095. SC State Museum (301 Gervais Street, Columbia) There are four floors of exhibits, many of them hands-on, focusing on the arts, history and technology. The museum itself is located inside its largest artifact, the world’s first totally electric textile mill, which opened in 1894. Open: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Phone: (803) 898-4921. Visit: museum.state.sc.us Capital City/Lake Murray Country is one of the state’s eleven tourism regions within The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT), promoting tourism in Lexington, Newberry, Richland and Saluda Counties. The Visitors Center is located on Highway 6, 2184 North Lake Drive in Columbia. For more information, visit lakemurraycountry.com or call (803) 781-5940.