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Planetarium is now OPEN with health and safety precautions in place.

Face coverings are now required for guests aged 5 and above per City of Columbia Ordinance.

Capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged if you wish to see a show.

State Museum Planetarium with guests socially distanced

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.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Now Showing

MARS 1001 – NEW!

Runs Oct. 2 – 31st

MARS 1001 is a visually beautiful show that brings the reality of Mars exploration to audiences. It follows the fictional tale of space reporter Miles O’Brien, who guides guests through a daring 1000-day mission to fly an international crew to the red planet and return them safely to Earth. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Mars 1001 showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 1:30 p.m.
Sat: 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 2:30 p.m.


HalloScream Laser Lights

Runs Oct. 2 – 31st

Guests will experience a dynamic laser show choreographed to classic Halloween tunes like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Ghostbusters and more. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

HalloScream Laser Lights showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 4:00 p.m.


Habitat Earth – NEW!Habitat Earth Planetarium Show Title in Blue on Black background

Now Showing

This new full dome planetarium show is narrated by Frances McDormand. The show features stunning visualizations of the natural world, as it takes you below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

Habitat Earth showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: 11:30 a.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m.
Sun: No Shows


Live Sky ExperienceLIz in the planetarium

In this classic-style planetarium program, take a tour of the constellations, planets and other celestial objects that can be seen in the current night sky from right here in Columbia. Learn how the sky changes over the course of the night and journey through space to get a closeup look at Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 1:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 p.m.