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Every Tuesday evening starting at 5pm!

Exhibit galleries:

OPEN until 8 p.m.


OPEN until 10 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 March:

4D Theater

Tiny Giants 4D Experience, 4D TheaterTINY GIANTS 4-D EXPERIENCE®
The Enchanted Forest is the mysterious and wild home of a chipmunk whose small size is trumped by his enormous heart. This courageous creature taps into his ingenious superpowers to navigate the dangers of this magical world beneath our feet. Run time: 12 mins.

Showtimes for Tues. night: 5:30 p.m.

© BBC 2016, Distributed by BBC Worldwide North America

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.

Showtimes for Tues. night: 6:30 p.m.

Tickets available at the museum.

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.

Plantarium 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 and journey through space to get a closeup look at Venus, Mars, and the Orion Nebula. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtime: 6 p.m.

Black Holes Planetarium, Columbia, Attractions, South Carolina, Museum, South Carolina State Museum, Astronomy. Black Holes
Unimaginably powerful, relentless, and invisible, black holes are some of the most fascinating and extreme objects in the universe. Go on a mind-bending journey that brings you face to face with these strange and enigmatic denizens of the cosmos.

Black Holes showtime: 7 p.m.

Tickets available at the museum.


Night-Sky Viewingobservatory
Open until 10 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!


Acoustic Jam Sessions
Tues., March 27, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the East Gallery
Join members of the South Carolina Bluegrass Association for a fun acoustic jam session in the museum’s East Gallery.