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I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium

I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium

Discover the wonders of the cosmos while delving into the history and culture of people here on Earth. You can do it all at the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University!

Constructed in 1980, the Stanback is a one-of-a-kind facility for SC State students, members of the community and travelers to this nationally recognized state.  As the only combination art museum and planetarium on a historically black college or university (HBCU) campus - and one of few combination art museums and planetariums in the world- the facility offers you the opportunity to appreciate and study the arts and sciences in a single facility. 

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The Stanback is home to a vast collection of African and African-American Art and Artifacts, fine art and photographic collections,  a NASA Educator Resource Center which doubles as a music and poetry lounge, a 40-foot planetarium which seats an audience of 82 and has a full-dome Warped Media™ projection system offering 20 scientific planetarium shows. The Stanback also boasts two art galleries, and a spacious and partially covered patio awaiting your next class reunion, business meeting, anniversary celebration, wedding, holiday event, milestone birthday, and more.

The Stanback also hosts and curates an independent film and documentary series, visiting exhibitions, an annual fundraising event, a nationally recognized Amateur Astronomer Club and educational programs that delve into a wide range of subjects, including art, history, biology, astronomy, current events, and more. 

Expand Your Knowledge with a Visit to the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Located on the SC State campus, the Stanback is a must-visit for SC State students and their families. The Stanback is a learner-centered facility, therefore educational studies and sheer inquisitiveness will undoubtedly bring you through its doors on many occasions. With its unique integration of the arts and sciences, you will learn and expand your perspective in all areas of study.  Paid internships for SC State students are also available. 

To learn more, please visit the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium website. You'll find information on collections and exhibited works, current exhibits and programs, and contact information. 

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Contact Information
Ingrid Owens McMillan
Executive Director