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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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National Parks AdventureNational Parks Adventure, Planetarium, South Carolina, Columbia, Things To Do

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Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. This immersive visual experience takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. Show Run Time: 42 mins.

National Parks Adventure showtimes for current month:

Mon: 2:30 p.m.
Tues: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Please note: There will be no showings of National Parks Adventure on Thurs., Sept. 19, due to Homeschool Thursday activities.


We Are Stars

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Go on an epic journey through time and space to explore our explosive origins and discover how we are connected to the cosmos in this family-friendly planetarium show. Watch the history of the universe unfold, from the formation of the very first atoms to the very first stars. See how stars forged the elements that eventually became the building blocks of planets and more. Narrated by Andy Serkis, music by Rhian Sheehan. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

We Are Stars showtimes for current month:

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


Black HolesPlanetarium, Columbia, Attractions, South Carolina, Museum, South Carolina State Museum, Astronomy. Black Holes

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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 current month:

Mon. – Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.


Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium

ake a tour of the current night sky with planetarium staff in this live presentation that will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects that grace the skies above Columbia. Gaze upon the Milky Way arching overhead, take a close-up look at Jupiter and Saturn, and see Sagittarius the Archer face down Scorpius the Scorpion. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes for current month:

Mon:  no showings
Tues:  6:00 p.m.
Wed. – Fri:  no showings
Sat:  11:30 a.m.
Sun:  no showings