SC State Museum Massive Expansion Complete

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By Monique Williams

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- The newly renovated South Carolina State Museum prepares for its big reveal to the public this weekend, but our cameras get the scoop early.

It was only fitting Wednesday morning that school children got first dibs on the newly renovated South Carolina State Museum.

"There's Saturn!" shouted one of the students while sitting in the 4D theater, the only one of its kind in the state. Officials say the 75,000 square-foot expansion, known as Windows to New Worlds, was built with kids--and adults'--impressionable minds in mind.

"Our hope is they will come to learn that the universe is grander than we understand and that it is grander than we can understand," said State School Superintendent, Dr. Mick Zais.

The original concept for this one-of-a-kind facility was developed 17 years ago. Today, all involved are marveling at the realization of a $21 million dream. It's an investment city and state leaders hope will produce a profitable return.

The expansion features the only observatory of its kind in the nation, one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast and the only permanent 4-D theater in the state. The new planetarium is anticipated to bring in around 100,000 students within its first year alone.

You are invited to get an up close and personal look Saturday, August 16, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. the first 100 people will receive free general admission and other free tickets and discounts to the museum for an entire year.

For more information, visit scmuseum.org.

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