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2017 Total Solar Eclipse at the South Carolina State Museum Presented by SCE&G

Special Appearance by Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen. Charles Duke                             

The South Carolina State Museum is excited to announce tickets on sale for its 2017 Total Eclipse weekend events.  The weekend-long celebration of eclipse activities, presented by SCE&G, from Friday, August 18 through Monday, August 21, will take place throughout the entire museum with special exhibitions, planetarium and 4D shows, and a special appearance by Apollo 16 Astronaut, General Charles Duke, all leading up to solar eclipse totality which occurs at 2:41pm on Aug. 21.


Eclipse Weekend:

Beginning Friday, August 18, 2017 until Sunday, August 20 the State Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Guests will have access to the entire museum, including:

  •  4 floors of exhibit galleries featuring South Carolina art, science and technology, natural history and cultural history.
  • Special astronomy and space exhibits; including a state museum curated exhibit on Apollo 16 astronaut General Charles Duke.
  • Special eclipse education pop-up stations and tours.
  • Free solar eclipse glasses provided by SCE&G.
  • Access to special BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium eclipse show, Shadows from Space, where guests can experience a total solar eclipse and what causes this celestial display before it happens.
  • Access to the Robert B. Arial Telescope Gallery and Boeing Observatory.
  • Free access to the Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. 4D theater.
  • Free admission to the museum’s blockbuster exhibit, Savage Ancient Seas


Daily general admission tickets for these three days are $15 for adults and seniors, $5 for museum members; $12 for children, $5 for museum members. Special group pricing available. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased at scmuseum.org


Eclipse Day:

On Monday, August 21, guests will have access to all of the offerings above as well as a special appearance by South Carolina native and Apollo 16 astronaut, Gen. Charles Duke. Duke, was the tenth man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. In addition, Duke was also the Capsule Communicator during the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Guests will also have a reserved common area outside of the museum for safe viewing of the total solar eclipse with full access to parking, restrooms and water. Solar eclipse viewing glasses provided by SCE&G will be free for all guests.

General admission tickets for Monday, August 21 are on sale now at scmuseum.org. Pricing these tickets are $29.95 for adults and seniors, $23.95 for museum members; $24.95 for Children (3 – 12), $19.95 for members. Special group pricing available. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit scmuseum.org.


About the South Carolina State Museum:  As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista.  The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.  Visit scmuseum.org.

About SCE&G: South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 709,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 358,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.

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