Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville

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Roper Mountain Science Center is located in Greenville, South Carolina. It encompasses a campus containing facilities for studying life and natural sciences, and space and physical sciences. Among its facilities are the Living History Farm, the Darell W. Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, the Simms Hall of Science, the T.C. Hooper Planetarium, and the Daniel Observatory. The center is a part of the Greenville County School District.HistoryRoper Mountain Science Center was started as a unique partnership between public and private resources. Initial planning for the center began in 1982 and the center opened in 1985.Charles E. Daniel ObservatoryThe principal telescope at the observatory is a 58.4cm refracting telescope. the objective lens was made by Alvan Clark and Sons. The telescope, which was finished in 1882, was installed at the Halsted Observatory of Princeton University. The telescope was rebuilt in 1933 by J. W. Fecker Company. The telescope was transferred to the US Naval Observatory in 1964. In 1968, it was offered to the Greenville County School District. The telescope was renovated and an observatory was built through a donation from the Charles E. Daniel Family Foundation. It is the eighth largest refractor telescope in the United States.
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  • We stopped her on our way into Greenville on the day before the recent solar eclipse. I'd originally considered watching the actual eclipse here, but they sold out the venue too far in advance. My dau...  more »
  • Roper Mountain is a wonderful educational adventure. Day or night there is something to do. Visit the planetarium or sign the kids up for a wonderful class!  more »
  • The kids just loved the 6pm Planetarium program designed for younger elementary audiences. A week later they are still telling me about the different types of stars.  more »
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  • My 4 yr old went there with his class and had a BLAST! He got to encounter butterflies, farm animals, visit an "old school" and see reptiles. He hasn't stopped talking about it and has made it clear that we are to go back. His excitement prompted me to dig more into what RMSC has to offer and I am thrilled to see the planetarium shows available. This is definitely something that will keep us occupied this summer!
  • It's a great place to go with the family. They have a planetarium with showings that are actually entertaining. During Christmas they do a light show that's nostalgic and worth seeing once (beyond that, it's a waste of money). Mostly, we love the science stuff (telescopes, planetarium, etc).
  • A great destination for winter star gazing using their huge telescope which once was originally owned by Princeton University. This telescope is the 8th largest of its kind in the US. You will see excellent views of Saturn and other celestial objects here.
  • My children, husband and I all loved the Christmas lights. Such a fun drivethru light show, worth the money! It is very well put together.
  • A really cool place with very knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend!

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