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Planetarium

Please note: due to health and safety concerns the museum is managing theater capacity, requiring social distancing for staff and guests, and has increased cleaning frequency throughout the day. Per Governor Henry McMaster’s executive order, guests aged 3 and above are required to wear a face covering while visiting state buildings, which includes the State Museum.

State Museum Planetarium with guests socially distanced

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium

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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.

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

Holiday Shows

Please note: Showtimes and title are subject to change.

Laser Holidays
Now Showing Through Jan. 3, 2021

This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Christmas” and more. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Laser Holidays showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.

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Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser Lights Trans Siberian Orchestra laser SHow, Holidays, Christmas, Columbia, Things to do
Now Showing Through Jan. 3, 2021

In this sound and light entertainment show, laser lights will dance across the planetarium’s starry sky as guests are immersed in the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra including favorites like Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Christmas Canon, and Wizards in Winter.Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser Lights showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

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More Shows

Please note: Showtimes and title are subject to change.

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 the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat. – Sun: 12:30 p.m.

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Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium

In this classic-style planetarium program, take a tour of the constellations, planets and other celestial objects that can be seen in the current night sky from right here in Columbia. Learn how the sky changes over the course of the night and journey through space to get a closeup look at Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 12:30 p.m.
Sat. – Sun: 2:30 p.m.

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