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Solar Eclipse 2017 – Pre Eclipse Weekend

August 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017

2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Columbia, South Carolina

Pre – Eclipse (Fri. – Sun.) Weekend Tickets

Museum Open Fri., Aug. 18 – Sun., Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. each day

Please Note

Weekend tickets do not include museum admission on the day of the solar eclipse. CLICK HERE to access Eclipse Day Tickets for Mon., Aug. 21.

Solar Eclipse 2017 Weekend Tickets include:

  • General admission to 4 floors of permanent and changing exhibit galleries featuring South Carolina art, science & tech, natural history and cultural history.

  • Special astronomy and space exhibits.

  • Special eclipse education pop-up stations and tours.

  • Solar Eclipse glasses provided by SCE&G (in preparation for August 21, 2017)

  • Access to a special Planetarium Eclipse Show, Shadows from Space:
    When the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, the world changes. Journey into space to see what causes this magnificent celestial display, which everyone here in Columbia will enjoy on Aug. 21, 2017.

  • NEW ADDITION! Access to an evening planetarium show featuring a live musical performance by The Lovely Few. The band will perform their original music, which is space-themed, to choreographed visuals on the planetarium dome featuring planets, constellations, and an eclipse simulation. (Sat. and Sun. Only at 7 and 8 p.m., first come first served)

  • NEW ADDITION! Access to NASA Langley’s Centennial Experience Trailer showcasing 100 years of historic accomplishments with a variety of NASA artifacts, audiovisual technology and unique 3D imagery and more.

  • Access to the Robert B. Ariail Telescope Gallery and Boeing Observatory.

  • Access to a 4D theater movie showing of, The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®

  • Admission to the current blockbuster exhibition, Savage Ancient Seas

Guest will also have access to:

  • 4,000 sq. ft. South Carolina Gift store, the Cotton Mill Exchange

  • Food available for purchase at the Crescent Café

  • Bathrooms on every floor

  • Free parking (for guests and buses)


Click HERE to check out our Pre-Eclipse Weekend FAQ! Or email

Ticket Pricing

Each ticket is valid for ONE DAY of museum admission. If you wish to attend all 3 weekend days, you will need to purchase tickets for each day.


Tickets for the general public.

Adults: $15
Seniors (65 & above): $15
Children (3 -12): $12



Includes ALL add-on attractions.

Adults: $5
Seniors (65 & above): $5
Children (3 -12): $5




For groups of 10 or more.

Adults: $13
Seniors (65 & above): $13
Children (3 -12): $10




August 18, 2017
August 20, 2017
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