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Planetarium is now OPEN with health and safety precautions in place.

Face coverings are now required for guests aged 5 and above per City of Columbia Ordinance.

Capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged if you wish to see a show.

State Museum Planetarium with guests socially distanced

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.

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

Special Offer Every Weekend in September!

The South Carolina State Museum will offer guests and members a special Fall deal on planetarium and 4D shows every weekend throughout the month of September. For each show ticket purchased, they will receive one free show ticket to experience a second show of their choice!

Offer valid Sept. 4 – 5, 11 -12, 18 -19 and 25 – 26.

New Show

Habitat Earth – NEW!Habitat Earth Planetarium Show Title in Blue on Black background

This new full dome planetarium show is narrated by Frances McDormand. The show features stunning visualizations of the natural world, as it takes you below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes for the current month:

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


Current Shows

Please note: Showtimes and title are subject to change. Shows are not included with general admission and are an additional charge.

Summer Skies Live Sky ExperienceLIz 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: no showings
Sat: 1:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 p.m.


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

Watch the trailer

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: 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 4:00 p.m.


We Are Stars

Now Showing
Watch the trailer

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: 11:30 a.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m.
Sun: no showings