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Enjoy 4D Theater and Full Dome Planetarium Shows at the State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is open for Holiday fun with exciting and fascinating shows in the 4D Theater and 55ft digital dome planetarium.


The Polar Express 4D Experience

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Guests are invited on an extraordinary 4D adventure this holiday season on The Polar Express. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins. See showtimes and get tickets.



Experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves as bears, jaguars, eagles, iguanas and snakes overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. Based on the award-winning BBC series, Planet Earth II 4D Experience® brings us closer to the mesmerizing animal kingdom than ever before. Run time: 16 mins. See showtimes and get tickets.


Star of Bethlehem

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This full dome planetarium experience takes guests to the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” The show uses historical and scientific facts to unravel this 2,000-year old mystery through a special audiovisual display featuring popular Christmas carols. Run time: 25 mins. See showtimes and get tickets.


Laser Holidays

Laser Holidays

This exciting 30 minute laser show celebrates the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday musical favorites like, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Deck the Halls, White Christmas and more. Run time: 30 mins.See showtimes and get tickets.


National Parks Adventure

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National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. This immersive visual planetarium experience takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playground. Run time: 42 mins. See showtimes and get tickets.

Black Holes

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Black Holes are some of the most fascinating and extreme objects in the universe. They warp space and time, swallow up stars, and can grow to monstrous sizes. How do they form? Where are they found? What would happen to you if you fell into one? Go on a mind-bending journey that brings you face to face with these strange and enigmatic denizens of the cosmos. Run time: 35 mins. See showtimes and get tickets.