More than 2,000 animals are housed in natural habitat exhibits that use psychological barriers such as moats, water, and light to create an environment free of bars and cages for animals. A seventy-acre Botanical Garden provides visitors with an opportunity to experience both native and exotic plant exhibits. Annual attendance is approximately 850,000.
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University of South Carolina
Chartered in 1801 as South Carolina College, the University of South Carolina was the first institution of higher learning funded entirely by a state. In the years before the Civil War, it rapidly achieved a reputation as one of the best colleges--private or public--in America.
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The State Museum
Whatever your interest, you'll find four large floors of exhibits to explore and enjoy. In fact, the museum is located inside its largest artifact - the historic Columbia Mills building, which opened in 1894 as the world's first totally electric textile mill.
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