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Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day, South Carolina State Museum, Astronomy, STEM, Science, Education, Family Fun, Things to do, Columbia


Activities are free with museum general admission or membership. Planetarium shows are an additional $5.

Adult (13-61): $8.95
Seniors (62 +): $7.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Infants 2 and under: FREE

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Astronomy Day

Sat., April 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The State Museum will be partnering with local community organizations to increase awareness and appreciation for both our world and our universe with a special day of cosmically cool fun!

  • Science and astronomy related demonstrations featuring guest educators from Francis Marion University’s Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, the University of South Carolina Society of Physics Students and Richland Library.

  • Hands-on science activities (rocket launching!) with State Museum educators.

  • See the NEW full-dome planetarium experience, Black Holes.

  • Get a sneak-peek of the upcoming Lyrid meteor shower with a special Live Sky Tour in the planetarium.

  • Visit the State Museum’s Boeing Observatory for up-close look at the Sun. Please note: Solar observing is dependent on clear skies.

  • Explore The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. This world-class collection includes American made telescopes and astronomical equipment dating back to 1730.

Plus, guests will be able to enter a drawing to win a telescope from Explore Scientific!


Make sure to bring your Field Guide to receive an Astronomy Day stamp. Plus, the first 50 AstroKids will take a home a free goody bag!

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