Observatory Educator Looks Through Alvan Clark Telescope During Solar Observing Hours With Dome Open Above Him Showing Blue Sky


The Boeing Observatory at the South Carolina State Museum features a historic telescope, outdoor viewing terrace, and adjoining classroom.

Museum Hours

The museum is closed today

Plan Your Visit

State-of-the-art public observatory offers daily solar observing opportunities and more

The historic 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8 inch refracting telescope is connected to state-of-the-art technology that gives students and educators all over the state the ability to control the telescope and observe the night sky all from their classroom. Since opening in 2014, the observatory has reached students across the state through on-site field trips, virtual learning, and outreach programs, as well as provided professional development opportunities for South Carolina Teachers. 

The Observatory is open daily for solar observing (weather permitting) and evening viewing opportunities are offered on select dates as part of special museum events. 

Observatory entrance is included with museum general admission.

Questions? Contact Observatory Manager, Matthew Whitehouse by phone: 803.898.4918 or email: matthew.whitehouse@scmuseum.org

Public Observatory Times 
weather permitting

Solar Observing
Mon: Closed
Tues – Fri: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sun: 1 to 5 p.m.

Night Observing
Currently Not Available

White telescope points up at closed, wooden observatory dome that is not the best shape with section unpainted and peeling in areas.

About the Alvan Clark Observatory Telescope

Find out how the Observatory's historic telescope made its way from New York City to the South Carolina State Museum.

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