SC State museum to open planetarium, observatory and 4D theater Saturday

SC State museum to open planetarium, observatory, and 4D theater

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? The South Carolina State Museum is opening a one-of-a-kind facility on Saturday, August 16.

The special grand opening celebration will take place from 9am-7pm on Saturday, Aug. 16th. The first 100 people will receive free general admission and other free tickets and great discounts to the museum for an entire year.

The WACH Fox crew will bring you an exclusive look at the museum tonight at 10pm.

It is offering the only observatory of its kind in the nation, one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast and the only permanent 4D Theater in the state.

For the first time in the nation, all three of these innovative elements, plus a multidisciplinary museum focusing on art, history, natural history and science/technology, will be housed under one roof.

The 75,000 square foot renovation and expansion project, Windows to New Worlds, will position the State Museum on the cutting edge of education, particularly in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and will create a large boost in the local and statewide economy.

Visitors traveling from more than 50-miles to the museum after the opening are expected to contribute more than $19 Million to the stateâ??s economy with spending on hotels, food, and beverage, and other travel-related activities.

â??What we have built represents a quantum leap forward for South Carolina in the areas of cultural tourism, recreation and, especially, education,â?? said Willie Calloway, executive director, South Carolina State Museum. â??Our new facility is building opportunity â?? opportunity for students to thrive, opportunity for our economy to grow and opportunity for our guests to be entertained in new ways.â??

The new additions will include, Boeing Observatory, The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy, BlueCross BlueShield Planetarium, Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Theater, and New Lobby, and aNew Store and Caféâ??.