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Published on September 30th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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SC State Museum Announces October 2014 Calendar of Events

COLUMBIA, S.C,— The South Carolina State Museum is excited to announce its October calendar of special events, planetarium shows, 4D movies and exhibits.

Special Events:

Planets for the People: Oct. 4

Explore the evening sky with the South Carolina State Museum and members of the Midlands Astronomy Club at Planets for the People from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House, located at 900 Main Street in Columbia.  Attendees will be able to peek through several telescopes to observe the moon, planets and stars. This gathering is free and open to the public. This gathering depends on weather conditions and may be canceled if weather does not permit.

NEW! Second Shift Twosdays: Oct., 7, 14, 21 and 28

Every Tuesday, the South Carolina State Museum will stay open after hours during Second Shift Twosdays from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  During the month of October, Second Shift Twosdays will feature two Halloween-themed laser light shows in the planetarium.  At 6 p.m., enjoy  HalloScream Laser Lights, a thrilling family-fun laser show featuring Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters” and “The Purple People Eater.”  At 7 p.m., experience classic rock like never before in Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, a captivating laser light show that creates a mind-bending landscape of light and sound.  In addition, the entire museum will be open, including the museum’s new 4D theater and observatory. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.

First Citizens First Sunday: Oct. 5

General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month during First Citizens First Sunday, thanks to First Citizens bank. For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the blockbuster exhibit, Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

Museum Roadshow: Saturday, Oct. 11

One of the South Carolina State Museum’s most popular events is back. The Museum Road Show, taking place from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, will bring local experts under one roof to offer informal appraisals of fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and more. There is a limit of four items per person. Tickets are $25 for the first item ($20 for museum members), $35 for two items ($28 members), $45 for three items ($36 members) and $50 for four items ($40 members). Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (803) 898-4999 or the day of the event. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

Tricks & Treats: Oct. 18 and Oct. 25

The South Carolina State Museum’s annual Halloween tradition is back for two weekends of family fun from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. There will be a haunted Halloween party with games and prizes, a scavenger hunt, crafts, balloon art and much more! In the planetarium, guests can see HalloScream Laser Lights, a thrilling family fun laser show featuring Halloween music andLegends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda, a laser light cartoon that looks at the myths and stories associated with fall constellations. Wear a costume and receive $1 OFF museum general admission for the day. Tricks & Treats activities are included with museum general admission or membership. There is an additional fee to see the laser light shows. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

NEW! Growl at the Moon: Oct. 30

Calling all werewolves, beer loving werewolves, that is. Come “Growl at the Moon” at the South Carolina State Museum’s after hours Halloween party featuring an evening of lunar observing, laser light shows, art, live music, food and custom growlers full of craft beer.  It’s a chance to look at the moon from the museum’s new observatory and sit back and enjoy an entrancing laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd in Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.  Be sure to channel the Halloween spirit and come dressed up – werewolf and other costumes are highly encouraged.  Growl at the Moon will take place from 7 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. The event is $35 person ($28 for members) and includes food, beer, admission to the laser light shows and a beer growler to take home.  Please note: Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.  Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.

Planetarium, 4D Theater and Observatory Programming:

Planetarium Shows: Visit scmuseum.org for a full list of October show times.

  • NEW! Two Small Pieces of Glasstells the story of the telescope, how it was invented and how it works from Galileo’s modifications, to a child’s spyglass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.  Featuring spectacular imagery of Saturn’s rings, the spiral structure of galaxies and beautiful stellar nurseries, this show highlights how telescopes have helped us understand our place in the Universe. At the end of the show, there will be a live 10-minute sky tour.

NEW! Back To The Moon For Good,an exciting and educational show, will immerse you in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. This full dome presentation highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.  Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

  • NEW! Earth, Moon and Sun,a kid-friendly planetarium show, explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. The show discusses why the Sun rises and sets, examines the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses and explores past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond.
  • Seven Wonders, a show that allows guests to turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world and Universe as they have not been seen for thousands of years.  The show investigates the theories of how these wonders were created and gets a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. 
  • NEW! HalloScream Laser Lights: Come see ghosts, goblins and monsters fill the South Carolina State Museum’s planetarium dome in HalloScream Laser Lights. This slightly spooky, yet family-fun laser light show features a variety of Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters” and “The Purple People Eater.”  Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions. 
  • NEW! Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda, a laser light cartoon narrated by Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, takes a lighthearted look at the myths and stories associated with the fall constellations of Perseus the Hero and Andromeda the Princess. Learn about Cepheus the King, Cassiopeia the Queen and Cetus the Sea Monster along the way! Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions. 
  • NEW! Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon features the complete soundtrack to one of rock and roll’s most influential and bestselling albums, Pink Floyd’s 1973 Dark Side of the Moon.  Experience classic rock like never before in this captivating laser light show that creates a mind-bending landscape of light and sound.  Laser Floyd will only be available during Second Shift Twosdays and Growl at the Moon.  Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions. The show contains loud music and language that may not be appropriate for children.  Appropriate for ages 17+. 

4D Theater Movies: Visit scmuseum.org for a full list of show times.

  • NEW! Planet Earth: Pole to Pole: A ground breaking series using HD photography and unique, specially developed filming techniques, Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again. This episode looks at our planet as a whole and considers the key factors that have shaped its natural history such as the sun, the oceans and the rain. For more than three years, BBC cameras recorded in time-lapse the fantastic annual transformation created by floods across the world. One second of high-octane action is slowed down 40 times to reveal for the first time the power and technique of the ocean’s master predator. Planet Earth: Pole to Pole is a BBC/Discovery Channel/NHK co-production in association with the CBC. 
  • Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience!  Get ready for an adventure of mammoth proportions.  Featured in eye-popping 3D with multisensory effects, including seat vibrations, air blasts, leg whips and more, Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs delivers more thrills, more chills and more mammoth-sized laughs for everyone! Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Solar Observing: Everyday

Come see the sun in real time at the South Carolina State Museum! Solar observing opportunities are available each day through the 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8-inch refracting telescope housed in the museum’s new observatory. Solar observing is included with museum general admission. Please note: Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.   Visit scmuseum.orgfor a list of solar observing times. 

Current Exhibits:

Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time: Open now through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015           

Journey back in time when monsters walked the earth, swam in the seas and soared through the skies in Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time at the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibit features robotic dinosaurs and strange creatures from prehistoric times, including the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex, the massive Stegosaurus, the long-necked Elasmosaurus andthe flying Pteranodon.  A variety of hands-on activities will make the past come alive. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864: Open now through Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015

The South Carolina State Museum presents Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864, a changing exhibit that tells the story of the Civil War in Charleston from 1863-1864 through the eyes of artist and Confederate soldier Conrad Wise Chapman. The 33 original Chapman paintings, shown for the first time in Columbia, examines art during the Civil War, the military defenses of Charleston against the Union siege and other artists who worked in the city during the war.  The exhibit runs through Sunday, Jan. 18 and is included with general admission or museum membership. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

South Carolina Unearthed: Open now through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

The South Carolina State Museum’s new natural history exhibit, South Carolina Unearthed, showcases a variety of specimens from the museum’s extensive and nationally-known collection of animals that once inhabited South Carolina. The exhibit features a wide array of fossil animals like the American lion, long-nosed crocodile and saber-toothed cat, along with many other ancient beasts. South Carolina Unearthed is included with museum general admission or membership. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

Building a Universe: Open now through Sunday, March 15, 2015

The South Carolina State Museum presents Building a Universe, a new art exhibit featuring original work from 16 South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a very direct or conceptual way. In addition to this exhibit, additional site-specific work included in this project can be found in public spaces throughout the museum, on the front grounds and in the new planetarium lobby.  The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 15, 2015 and is included with general admission or museum membership. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

Museum Pricing:

The State Museum offers special combination tickets for guest’s to customize their adventure, starting with Explore 1 ($11.95 – $13.95), Explore 2 ($14.95 – $16.95) and Master Explorer ($17.95 – $19.95).  The museum’s best value is Master Explorer, which includes admission to the museum, as well as the planetarium, 4D theater and blockbuster exhibit.  General admission to the museum is $6.95 for children, $7.95 for seniors and $8.95 for adults. Visit scmuseum.orgto learn more.

Museum Hours:

The State Museum, the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store and the Crescent Café are open every day of the year, except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The museum and museum store’s hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended 5 – 8 p.m. hours on Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Crescent Café hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Visit scmuseum.org to learn more about the planetarium and 4D theater show times.

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.orgto learn more.

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