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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.
  • 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.



(Please note: Showtimes are listed on this page for the current month. Times and titles are subject to change.)


From Earth to the UniverseFrom the Earth to the Universe Sq

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 showtimes for the current month:
Mon.- Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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Earth, Moon and Sun

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:  12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 2:30 p.m.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass + Sky TourGlass_Planetarium_Graphic

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 sky tour. Show Run Time: 30 mins.


Two Small Pieces of Glass showtimes for the current month:
Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.

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LIVE Sky TourBlueCross_BlueShield_of_South_Carolina_Planetarium_5

Take a tour of the night sky with planetarium staff in this special presentation that will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects that grace the skies above Columbia. Guests will learn how the sky changes over the course of the night and journey through space to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, The Pleiades, and The Orion Nebula. Show Run Time: 25 mins.


Live Sky Tour showtimes for the current month:
Tues. Only: 6 p.m.


Tickets available at the museum.



Laser iPOPdoors_laser

Guests are invited to experience a full dome planetarium laser light show featuring current pop hits choreographed to brilliant laser lights. Show Run Time: 40 mins.


Laser iPOP showtimes for the current month:
Tues. Only: 7 p.m.


Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.


Tickets available at the museum.