Friday, August 8, 2014
The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate the grand opening of its new observatory, planetarium and 4D theater from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. The grand opening will mark a significant moment in history, as it will be the first time in the nation a planetarium, observatory and 4D theater, plus an expansive museum, will be housed under one roof.
“This is truly an exciting and momentous time for our state,” said Willie Calloway, executive director, South Carolina State Museum. “We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished and are excited for South Carolina residents and visitors to experience our new facility and programs.”
Guests are encouraged to come early because the first 100 people will receive free general admission and other free tickets and great discounts to the museum for an entire year (also known as the museum’s Family Basic Membership). To kick off the day at 9 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and model rockets launched by students attending the Challenger Learning Center located in Columbia.
The day will be packed full of entertainment and activities, including a special video message from South Carolina native and TV personality Stephen Colbert, planetarium shows, 4D movies, solar observing, astronomy discussions, new exhibits and galleries, live music, giveaways, balloon art, face painting and other family-friendly activities.
All grand opening activities will take place at the museum, located at 301 Gervais St., Columbia, South Carolina. Visit www.scmuseum.org to learn more about the grand opening.