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State Museum Newsroom: Polar Express in 4D and Star of Bethlehem Debut, Museum Hosts First Sensory Friendly Day

Laser Fun Planetarium Show and New Observatory Hours during Second Shift Tuesday Nov. 3

During Second Shift Tuesday, the museum’s extended hours day, Laser Fun will play at 7:00 p.m. in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium. This fun planetarium show features an assortment of family-friendly songs by various artists set to an exciting laser light show. No matter your age, Laser Fun has songs for everyone, including “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “ABC” by Jackson 5 and “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. Show Run Time: 40 mins. 

Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, The Boeing Observatory will now be open until 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday for night viewing.


THE POLAR EXPRESS 4D Experience and Star of Bethlehem Open this Saturday, Nov. 7

You¹re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.  Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters & ©1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. THE POLAR EXPRESS The 4D Experience will be shown Saturday, Nov. 7 ­ Sunday, Jan. 3 in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, JR 4D Theater.  Visit scmuseum.org for a list of show times.


Also opening on Nov. 7, is Star of Bethlehem, a full dome planetarium experience that takes viewers back in time to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” The show presents historical and scientific facts to unravel this 2,000-year old mystery through a special audiovisual display featuring popular Christmas carols. Star of Bethlehem will be shown Saturday, Nov. 7 ­ Sunday, Jan. 3 in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium.  Visit scmuseum.org for a list of show times.


Museum Hosts First Sensory Friendly Day Monday November 9

Sensory Friendly Day is for schools and families with special needs. On this day visitors will be able to enjoy a less crowded environment, designated quiet areas, light and sound reduction when possible, and extra staff and volunteers in the exhibits. School groups and families with special needs are invited to share this time and space with others facing similar challenges in a safe, understanding environment. Guests are encouraged to bring equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, noise reducing headphones, and other technology. For more information, visit scmuseum.org.


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About the South Carolina State Museum: As the state¹s 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 Columbia¹s Congaree Vista.  The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 former textile mill listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. 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. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.

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