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Boeing Observatory

This 2,500 square foot observatory at the South Carolina State Museum features a 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8-inch refracting telescope, outdoor viewing terrace, and adjoining classroom.

  • The Clark telescope has a computer control system which allows for quick pointing at objects in the sky.

  • Students at participating schools can access the telescope over the internet to study phenomena from the rings of Saturn to the Orion Nebula.

  • Both students and the general public can visit the observatory during scheduled viewing sessions.

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Current Observatory Programs

PLEASE NOTE: All Observatory activities listed below are dependent on clear skies.

Solar Observing

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 12 to 4 p.m.
Sat: 12 to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 to 5 p.m.

Night Observing

Currently Closed Until Further Notice

Questions? Contact Observatory Manager, Matthew Whitehouse, at 803.898.4918 or email at