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Every Tuesday evening starting at 5pm!



Exhibit galleries:

OPEN until 8 p.m.


OPEN until 8 p.m.

Gen. Admission is now 2 for $10 during Second Shift Twosday!

Visit the State Museum on Tuesday nights to enjoy special programs, exhibits, planetarium and 4D theater shows, and more after hours.

Please note: planetarium, 4-D Theaters shows and blockbuster exhibit tickets are an additional $5 each.

Second Shift Twosdays in November:

4D Theater

The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®Lego the Movie

Emmet and his Master Builder friends return in The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®, where they are faced with the harrowing task of defeating power-hungry villain Risky Business! Run time: 15 mins.

The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience® showtimes: 5:30 p.m.

THE LEGO® MOVIE © & ™ LEGO Group & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. (s17). LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks and/or copyrights of The LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO Group. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCEThe Polar Express 4D Experience, columbia, holidays, christmas, family

You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D 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.

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE showtimes: 6:30 p.m.

Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters™ & ©1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. TM & © Warner Bros.

Planetarium Shows

Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium

Take a tour of the current night sky with planetarium staff in this special presentation that will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects that grace the skies above Columbia. Guests will learn how the sky changes over the course of the night, see the Milky Way arch overhead, and journey through space to get a closeup look at Saturn and Jupiter.Show Run Time: 30 mins.

LIVE SKY TOUR showtime: 6 p.m.

Trans Siberian Orchestra laser SHow, Holidays, Christmas, Columbia, Things to do

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser

In this brand new sound and light entertainment show, laser lights will dance across the planetarium’s starry sky as guests are immersed in the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra including favorites like Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Christmas Canon, and Wizards in Winter.Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser showtimes: 7 p.m.

Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.


Night-Sky Viewingobservatory
Open until 8 p.m.
Explore the night sky through the museum’s historic Alvan Clark telescope. Observing is included with museum general admission. 

Click HERE to see a Boeing Observatory Viewing Update!

Shop the Holidays

Cotton Mill ExchangeCotton Mill Exchange
Open until 8 p.m.
It’s that time of year and the holidays are JUST around the corner! If you are looking for fun and unique South Carolina gifts make sure to check out the museum’s Cotton Mill Exchange. You can shop in the store and online.

Click HERE to learn more.