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Mann-Simons Site and Outdoor Museum

Mann-Simons Site and Outdoor Museum

Capital City & Lake Murray Country

Capital City & Lake Murray Country

This property was home, work place, spiritual center and a source of pride for members of the same African American family from 1843 to 1970. Freed blacks Celia Mann and Ben Delane laid the foundation that allowed their family to pursue a variety of entrepreneurial and social undertakings. Although only one house stands today, the Mann-Simons Site & Outdoor Museum was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces. Outside, “ghost structures,” frames of buildings that once stood on the site, represent a lunch counter, grocery store, outhouse and residences, accompanied by interactive interpretative signage. This outdoor museum is a first for South Carolina and one of a handful of its kind nationwide. Inside, the museum explores the family’s entrepreneurial endeavors during the late 1890s through 1920s. A multi-year archeological excavation was completed in February 2012, uncovering more than 60,000 artifacts, many of which are on display inside the house.
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1403 Richland ST,
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 252-7742
Info & Amenities
From I-26: take the Elmwood Ave. exit. Follow Elmwood to Marion St., turn right. Go to the second street, which is Richland. The cottage is on the left. From Charlotte: take I-77 exit 18 to SC 277 which becomes Bull St. From Bull, turn right onto Richland
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students, AAA & active military; $5 for ages 6 to 17; age 6 and younger admitted free. Group tour rates available. Tickets are sold at the museum shop at 1616 Blanding St.
Checks Accepted
Days and Hours of Operation
Tu-Sa 10 a.m. - 4 pm (last tour 3pm); Su 1-5 pm (last tour 4pm)
Days and Holidays Closed
Mondays, New Year's, July 4th, Thanksgiving & Christmas
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Motorcoach Parking
Discover Card