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Second Shift Tuesdays

Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

Exhibit galleries: *

OPEN until 8 p.m.


OPEN until 10 p.m.

Gen. Admission is now 2 for $10 during Second Shift Twosday!

Capacity is limited, advance online ticket purchase is recommended.

Visit the State Museum on Tuesday nights to enjoy special programs, exhibits, planetarium and 4D theater shows, and more after hours.

Please note: planetarium and 4-D Theaters shows are an additional $5 each.


* The blockbuster exhibit, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, will close at 5 p.m.

Second Shift Twosdays on July 21:

Planetarium Shows

Black HolesPlanetarium, Columbia, Attractions, South Carolina, Museum, South Carolina State Museum, Astronomy. Black Holes
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 showtime: 6 p.m.

Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium
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 showtime: 7:30 p.m.

4D Theater

Experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves as bears, jaguars, eagles, iguanas and snakes overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. Based on the award-winning BBC series, Planet Earth II 4D Experience® brings us closer to the mesmerizing animal kingdom than ever before. Run time: 16 mins.

Showtimes for Tues. night: 5:30 p.m.

The Martian 4D
Academy Award® winner Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a brave astronaut who must utilize his scientific ingenuity, wit and spirit to overcome being stranded alone on Mars. Stellar 3D projection and action-heightening special effects will have you rooting for the safe return of the lone Martian! Run time: 15 mins.

Showtimes for Tues. night: 7:00 p.m.


Night-Sky Viewingobservatory
Open until 10 p.m.
Explore the night sky through the museum’s historic Alvan Clark telescope. Observing is included with museum general admission. 

Click HERE to see a Boeing Observatory Viewing Update!


A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics
Now Open
This exhibit features objects, images and stories showing the ways South Carolina women engaged with the political history of our state. From tribal women leaders, to the first female Governor of the state, this exhibit shows how women worked to gain a voice of their own. Click HERE to learn more.


Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon Apollo 50 Journey to the Moon
Now Open
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. Click HERE to learn more.

Plus, four floors of permanent galleries and more!