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Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville

(4.1/5 based on 50 reviews on the web)
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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  • First Experience: We drove an hour and a half to find that, though the date was posted on their website, they are closed for Starry Nights for renovations until February 2017. Pissed. Second Experienc...  more »
  • You will not believe you own eyes. Thrills of joy and unexpected adventure ag\awaits your tour group. 
  • I've taken my granddaughters here twice, and they really enjoyed themselves. The first time was a home-school day. Oh my! They had so much fun petting stingrays, making balloon butterflies, panning fo...  more »
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  • ‚ú®Summer butterfly experience‚ú®and 19th century farm with one room school house are great! The planetarium is also a pleasure during summer "Starry Nights" ~ if you have a members pass for the Greenville Zoo Roper Mtn. is free! But, please check the website beforehand as not usually open to the public.
  • Always love coming here. The planetarium and observatory are wonderful. My children and I had a great time viewing Saturn and Titan!
  • Roper Mountain Science Center is a wonderful center of learning for kids of all ages in the Upstate and beyond. There is a ton to do for kids visiting with their school and the Second Saturday program is one of the best around.
  • They turned us away from the walk because we may play Pokemon
  • A friend and I enjoy science in general and thought it would be awesome to go to this museum, but when we pulled up and tried to enter they said it wasn't open to the public and everything was shut down except for the nature walk. We were disappointed when she said they are only open to the public 2 days out of the week. So we ended up leaving. How unfortunate for us.