360 Degree 4K Virtual Planetarium Sky Tour Now Available and Free Kids Admission Continues

Staff Report

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

The State Museum delves into the world of virtual reality by presenting its first ever 360 Degree Planetarium Sky Tour

Watch Now

Thanks to a collaboration with Bentley Ousley, a fulldome producer and member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, this 360 virtual sky tour is the result of a project aimed at exploring new immersive ways of sharing the wonders of the night sky with others. State Museum planetarium manager, Liz Klimek, provided the content and 'presents' the tour to viewers. 

The video was demonstrated at the virtual Western Alliance Conference of Planetariums in July with the hope that other planetarium professionals and astronomy educators will be able to use what he’s provided to facilitate their own forays into the world of virtual reality. The State Museum is proud to have been part of such a groundbreaking and beneficial project. Learn more at scmuseum.org.

This Week at the Museum

"Future Voters," aged 12 and under, get free general admission

Now through Aug. 23
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment the museum is offering kids, 12 and under, free general admission so they can enjoy the museum exhibit, A Voice of Her Own, at no charge. Visit scmuseum.org  to learn more.

Virtual Series - Cocktail with a Curator

Posts to Facebook and YouTube on Wed., Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

This series of videos includes the museum’s Curator of Cultural History, JoAnn Zeise, taking an in-depth look at some of the objects and stories in the exhibit, A Voice of Her Own, while featuring up a specialty cocktail. The first video is now up and looks at the important history revealed by a promotional toy from the Victory Savings Bank in Columbia.

Virtual Trivia Night: Small Town Proud

Thurs., Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. 

Test your astronomy knowledge and see how much you know about South Carolina’s connections to space exploration. Join our museum team as we bring you a live scored trivia game. Sponsored by Columbia Craft Brewing Company. Registration required. Visit scmuseum.org  to learn more.