The project features a state-of-the-art observatory, housing the vintage 1926 Alvan Clark 12-3/8” refracting telescope, a 55-foot digital dome planetarium and theater, a renovation of the current auditorium to accommodate a 4D theater, new gallery exhibit space for the world-renowned Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy telescopes and optics of the Ariail Collection. Jack Rouse Associates (JRA) was retained by SCSM as thematic design consultant. JRA’s scope of work included planning and conceptual design, interior and exterior environmental graphics, concept and schematic design for the new retail store, materials and finishes selection, and design input for much of the common areas, which included enhanced guest service and meeting capabilities within the museum.
Groundbreaking For Jack Rouse Designed South Carolina State Museum
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.