The South Carolina State Museum has announced tickets are on sale for its 2017 Total Eclipse weekend events. The weekend-long celebration of eclipse activities, presented by SCE&G, from August 18 – 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.
Beginning August 18 until August 20 the State Museum will be open from 10 am until 10 pm 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.
On 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.