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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium

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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.

Coming Soon

Planetarium, Christmas, Christmas Star, Star of Bethlehem, Holiday Show, Family

The Star of Bethlehem
Opens Nov. 16

This full dome planetarium experience takes viewers back in time to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” The show presents historical and scientific facts to unravel this 2,000-year old mystery through a special audiovisual display featuring popular Christmas carols. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

Laser Holidays
Opens Nov. 16

This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Christmas” and more. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.


Current Shows

Please note: Showtimes and title are subject to change.

National Parks AdventureNational Parks Adventure, Planetarium, South Carolina, Columbia, Things To Do

Now Showing
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Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. This immersive visual experience takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. Show Run Time: 42 mins.

National Parks Adventure showtimes through Fri., Nov. 15:

Mon. – Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m.

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We Are Stars

Now Showing
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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 formation of the very first atoms to the very first stars. See how stars forged the elements that eventually became the building blocks of planets and more. Narrated by Andy Serkis, music by Rhian Sheehan. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

We Are Stars showtimes through Fri., Nov. 15:

Mon. – Fri:  11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

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

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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 through Fri., Nov. 15:

Mon: 3:30 p.m.
Tues: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 2:30 p.m.

Please note: There will be no showings of Black Holes on Thurs., Nov. 14, due to Homeschool Thursday activities.

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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 showtimes through Fri., Nov. 15:

Mon: no showings.
Tues: 6 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.

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