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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 Twosday in September:

4-D Theater

GREAT ESCAPES: LIFE IN 4-DGreat Escapes 4D Experience

Life is full of stories, from small moments to big feats. Great Escapes: Life in 4-D takes a never-before-seen look at the ingenious tactics animals have developed to survive and thrive in a danger-filled world. 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.

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.

Tickets available at the museum.

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 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: 6:00 p.m.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure planetarium

This new planetarium experience takes audiences on a journey into the nexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with prehistoric sharks and more. Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Sea Monsters showtime: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets available at the museum.



Night-Sky Viewing
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!

Special Programs

Lecture – Flying Against Fate: Superstition and Allied Aircrews in World War II
Tues., Sept. 12, from 6 – 9 p.m.
Special presentation and discussion by Dr. Paul S. Mackenzie from the University of South Carolina.

Acoustic Jam Sessions
Tues., Sept. 26, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Carolina Gallery

Bring your acoustic instruments and join members of the South Carolina Bluegrass Association for a fun jam session in the museum’s Carolina Gallery on the last Tues. of every month.