State Museum upgrades Planetarium, 4D Theater

The South Carolina State Museum recently completed upgrades to both its planetarium and 4D theater, adding cutting-edge video software and technology to make guests’ experiences even more immersive.

Trips across the world and in outer space now look better than ever in both theaters with the addition of new state-of-the-art Christie projectors that use lasers to produce stunning 4K resolution visuals.

“You should see a noticeable difference,” said Doug Beermann, Director of Operations, “The new laser projected image is phenomenal- 50 percent brighter, with more intense, rich colors and clarity.”

In addition to vastly improved image quality, a new digital sky system, upgraded 3D technology and other software additions will further enhance guests’ adventures in the planetarium and 4D theater. According to the museum’s Planetarium Manager, Liz Klimek, “It’s a whole new universe.”

Planetarium guests will now see the full splendor of the night sky with stunning star displays and take realistic visits to other worlds like the Moon and Mars.

The updated digital sky system also comes with new software that enables the development of educational content beyond astronomy, from earth science and physics to biology, chemistry and art. Immersive journeys to Antarctica, jungles and more in the 4D theater are now accessible to all museum guests with updated closed-captioning and descriptive audio systems.

More upgrades are on the way for both theaters over the course of this year as the State Museum continues to invest in providing high-quality show experiences for its guests. The museum invites guests see the theater transformations for themselves this summer by enjoying a brand-new planetarium and 4D experience on their next visit.
New Planetarium and 4D Theater Shows This Summer:

Superpower Dogs (Opening May 27): Discover the true story of the world’s most extraordinary dogs and the science behind their life-saving superpowers in this immersive planetarium adventure narrated by Marvel Studios star Chris Evans.

Tom & Jerry 4D Experience (Opening May 27): Rivals Tom and Jerry leave a path of commotion and destruction as they each try to win their epic cat and mouse battle once and for all in this 4D adventure fit for the whole family.

Penguins 4D (Now Playing): The 4D film narrated by David Tennant takes viewers from the freezing Antarctic to the scorching tropics as it follows the story of one of nature’s most devoted parents- penguins.

Find out more information and buy tickets on the website.
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. Planetarium and 4D theater shows are an additional charge. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from noon – 5 pm.