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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium


The 55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more.

  • This 145-seat dome theater provides a totally immersive environment that surrounds viewers with multi-media images and sound.

  • It presents both educational and entertaining programs about earth and astronomy, as well as art, music and history.

  • A permanent NASA gallery is located in the planetarium lobby with interactive capabilities and artifacts from South Carolina astronauts, including Charles Bolden, Charles Duke, Ron McNair and Frank Culbertson.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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Showtimes are listed on this page for the current month. Times and titles are subject to change.

Black Holes – NEW SHOW!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. They warp space and time, swallow up stars, and can grow to monstrous sizes. How do they form? Where are they found? What would happen to you if you fell into one? Go on a mind-bending journey that brings you face to face with these strange and enigmatic denizens of the cosmos. Show Run Time: 35 mins.

Black Holes showtimes for the current month:

Mon: 2:30 p.m.
Tues: 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.*
Wed. – Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


* Please note: Tickets for Tuesday night shows are available at the admissions desk.


From Earth to the Universe

While we humans have barely taken our first steps into space, our curiosity has driven us to develop the tools to peer far beyond the planets and stars that greet us every evening. Our efforts have been richly rewarded with sights more magnificent than we could ever have imagined. Take a visually breathtaking journey through our solar system, interstellar space, and beyond as we travel from Earth to and through the Universe. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

From Earth to the Universe showtimesfor the current month:

Mon. – Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m.
Sun: no showings



Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium

Take a tour of the current night sky in this special live presentation that will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects that grace the skies above Columbia. Watch Orion and his two hunting dogs march across the sky, get a closeup look at the Orion Nebula, and travel 2.5 million light years to another galaxy. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes for the current month:

Mon: no showings
Tues: 6:00 p.m.*
Wed. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m.


* Please note: Tickets for Tuesday night shows are available at the admissions desk.


Earth, Moon and Sunplanetarium

This kid-friendly planetarium show, explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. The show discusses why the Sun rises and sets, examines the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses and explores past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

Earth, Moon and Sun showtimes for the current month:

Mon. – Fri: 1:30 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 2:30 p.m.



Two Small Pieces of Glass and The Mysterious MoonTwo_Small_Pieces_of_Glass

This show tells the story of the telescope, how it was invented and how it works from Galileo’s modifications, to a child’s spyglass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Featuring spectacular imagery of Saturn’s rings, the spiral structure of galaxies and beautiful stellar nurseries, this show highlights how telescopes have helped us understand our place in the Universe. At the end of the show, there will be a live 10-minute live sky tour exploring the phases of the moon. Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Two Small Pieces of Glass showtimes for the current month:

Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m.
Sat: no showings
Sun: no showings