Last chance to explore the Northern Lights with Áróra at the State Museum

February 12, 2024

Special planetarium experience closes February 29

The South Carolina State Museum is offering guests one last opportunity to explore the beauty of the Northern Lights with Áróra closing at the end of February. This planetarium experience not only provides a front-row seat to these mystical displays of color in stunning 4K resolution, but also takes guests across remote Icelandic landscapes and into space to find and understand the aurora borealis. Áróra also highlights how various communities across the world have tried to make sense of the Northern Lights by incorporating them into their folktales and mythology.

With over 7,000 tickets sold since debuting in November, Áróra has been one of the museum’s most popular planetarium experiences. This immersive cinematic journey within the museum’s 55-ft digital dome planetarium is the closest many will come to seeing the illusive Northern Lights, as they are rarely seen as far south as South Carolina.

“This award-winning show has been such an exciting opportunity to showcase the beauty of the aurora above Earth and other planets,” says State Museum Planetarium Manager Liz Klimek. “We’re so excited to offer this unique experience that can only be matched by traveling to Iceland yourself!”

Guests are invited to enjoy this special planetarium experience before it closes on February 29. Advance online ticket purchase is recommended as these final shows may sell out. Showtimes can be found on the museum’s website,

General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is $8.95 for adults; $7.95 for Seniors; $6.95 for children; infants 2 and under are free. Planetarium experiences, including Áróra, and 4-D shows are an additional charge. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 5 p.m.


About the South Carolina State Museum

Over the past 35 years, the South Carolina State Museum has been committed to collecting, preserving and showcasing the rich culture, art, natural history, technology and innovation of the Palmetto State. Through a comprehensive collection of over 1.1 million objects and four floors of stimulating exhibitions and displays housed within the historic Columbia Mills Building, the State Museum provides educational environments that entertain, inspire and enrich the lives of millions of visitors and students from across South Carolina. For more information about the museum, visit