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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.

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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.

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

Current Shows

Please note: Showtimes and title are subject to change.

Skies Over OzSkies Over Oz, planetarium

Showing Oct. 1 – 31st

Enjoy tales of epic adventure in Oz told as a constellation myth, using imagined patterns of stars in the night sky. We’ll also take a quick look at the current night sky from here at home in Columbia. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Skies Over Oz showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

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HalloScream Laser Lights

Showing Oct. 1 – 31st

Experience a thrilling family-fun laser light show in the planetarium featuring Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and more. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

HalloScream Laser Lights showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 2:00 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 2:00 p.m.

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We Are Stars

Now Showing
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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 big bang to the formation of the very first atoms to the very first stars. See how stars forged the elements that eventually came together to form planets and the complex molecules necessary for the evolution of life on Earth. Narrated by Andy Serkis, music by Rhian Sheehan. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

We Are Stars showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 11:00 a.m.
Sat. – Sun: no showings

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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. – Wed: 3:30 p.m.
Thurs: no showings
Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: no showings
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

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

Now Showing
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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 the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 12:30 p.m.
Sat. – Sun: no showings

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