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.
(Showtimes are listed on this page for the current month. Times and titles are subject to change.)
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure – NEW SHOW!
This exciting new planetarium experience takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. Sea Monsters is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and features an original score by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel. Show Run Time: 40 mins.
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure showtimes from
for the current month:
Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.
Live Sky Tour
Take a tour of the current 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 get a closeup look at Venus, Mars, and the Orion Nebula. Show Run Time: 30 mins.
Live Sky Tour current showtimes for the current month:
Mon: no showings
Tues: 6: 00 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 1:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.
From Earth to the Universe
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 current showtimes for the current month:
Mon. – Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m.
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 current 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.
Two Small Pieces of Glass + Sky Tour
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 current showtimes for the current month:
Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m.
Sat: no showings
Sun: no showings
Enjoy dazzling laser lights choreographed to popular music in this fun, family friendly planetarium experience. Take a laser lit journey from The Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” at the bottom of the sea to the far reaches of space in “Lost in Space” by John Williams. Old or young, Laser Fun has something for everyone.Show Run Time: 40 mins.
LASER FUN current showtimes for the current month:
Tues. night only: 7:00 p.m.