State Museum announces summer events

The South Carolina State Museum is set to celebrate summer with new and returning shows and events.

MARS 1001 takes viewers away from planet Earth, into space, and across the solar system to Mars. Debuting May 27, the planetarium experience follows the fictional story of the Mars IRIS 1 mission, a 1001-day voyage to fly an international crew to the planet and return them safely to Earth. The crew faces a few dangers along the way, including a solar coronal mass ejection that threatens their safety. And, once on Mars, viewers will see the team work on the planet’s surface, exploring the landscape, looking for water, and retrieving rocks in a search for the history of water.

Guests are also invited to enjoy DC League of Super-Pets: 4D Experience, now showing in the museum’s 4D theater. The 4D Experience filled with special effects and state-of-the-art 3D follows the crime-fighting DC Super-Pets including Krypto the Super-Dog on a mission to save Superman and the rest of the Justice League.

In addition, the State Museum has special events and programs planned throughout the summer. Tickets and information on upcoming events are available on the museum’s website at

Featured Summer Events at the State Museum
Accessibility Mornings- Sponsored by Richland County
June 10, and August 12 from 9- 11 am
Guests who are neurodiverse, autistic, or have other disabilities are invited to enjoy the museum at their own pace and participate in optional sensory-friendly and disability adapted activities.

Friday Night Laser Lights
June 16, July 21 and August 18 from 6 – 10 pm
The museum’s summer series returns with immersive laser light shows, including new experiences featuring the music of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and a show celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.”

Disability Pride Day
July 8 from 10 am – 3 pm
Celebrate Disability Pride Day with inclusive activities, including a silent disco, sensory-friendly planetarium shows and a chance to meet Curious George. Plus, guests can enjoy an ASL museum tour and Zot Art Community Art Creation sponsored by Colonial Life. Registration is required at

Baseball Day at the State Museum
July 22 from 11 am – 4 pm
The museum will celebrate America’s pastime with special baseball-themed activities and presentations inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community.

General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is $8.95 for adults, $7.95 for Seniors, and kids aged 3-12 are $6.95. Infants 2 and under are free. Tickets to planetarium experiences and 4D shows are an additional charge. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon – 5 pm

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