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*** Update! Planetarium is now OPEN with health and safety precautions in place. Capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged if you wish to see a show. Face coverings for ages 11 and above are required per City of Columbia Ordinance No: 2021-008. See below for the show schedule ***

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.

Current Shows

Please note: Showtimes and title are subject to change.

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 for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Sat: 12:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m.


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 for the current month:

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


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 big bang to the formation of the very first atoms to the very first stars. See how stars forged the elements that eventually came together to form planets and the complex molecules necessary for the evolution of life on Earth. Narrated by Andy Serkis, music by Rhian Sheehan. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

We Are Stars showtimes for the current month:

Mon: Closed
Tues. – Fri: No showings
Sat: 11:00 a.m.
Sun: No showings


Live Sky TourLIz 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. – Sat: 2:00 p.m.
Sun: 2:00 p.m.