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Boeing Observatory

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This 2,500 square foot observatory at the South Carolina State Museum features a 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8-inch refracting telescope, outdoor viewing terrace, and adjoining classroom.

  • The Clark telescope has a computer control system which allows for quick pointing at objects in the sky.
  • This remarkable new resource will benefit students across the state and revolutionize ways in which educators can integrate astronomy into their teaching. Click here to learn more.
  • Students at participating schools will be able to access the telescope over the Internet to study phenomena from the rings of Saturn to the Orion Nebula.
  • Both students and the general public can visit the observatory during scheduled viewing sessions.

 

Click HERE to learn more about 2017 Solar Eclipse viewing and event opportunities!

NEW! Click HERE to follow the Boeing Observatory on Twitter @SCSMObservatory

 

CURRENT OBSERVATORY PROGRAMS

PLEASE NOTE: All Observatory activities listed below are dependent on clear skies.

 

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See the Sun through our solar scope on these special days and times: 
Mon. – Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

 

 

*Observatory may be in use for scheduled school classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-1:45pm

 


 

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OPEN until 10 p.m. every Tues. night

The Boeing Observatory is open late each Tuesday until 10 p.m. Join us for an up-close look at the moon, planets and more. Observatory access is included in museum general admission. Click HERE to learn more about Second Shift Twosdays.

 

Click HERE to see a viewing update for the most recent Tues. night!

 
 
 
 
 

Questions? Contact observatory manager, Matthew Whitehouse, at 803.898.4918 or email at matthew.whitehouse@scmuseum.org