We provide programs to the Pee Dee & It is FREE to all visitors!

We have been serving the Pee Dee since 1978. Our planetarium and observatory facility are located at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.

Our Services

Public Events

Begin on July 9, 2023

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Private Events

Private programs in Dooley Planetarium

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Star Party events

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Our Achievements


Shows Presented Since 2003


Visitors Since 2003


Year We Opened

Outreach Events

Many schools have started holding STEM programs. These may occur during the school day or in the early evening,

Dooley Planetarium has been invited to participate at these events over the last few years.

Our goal in participating is to provide a hands-on experience for the students, parents, and teachers. We involve students from the University as content providers who will also be interacting with the students.

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At the State Museum in Columbia, SC.

At the 2018 Pecan Festival.

Solar Observing at the Pecan Festival

The South Carolina Pecan Festival is held the first Saturday of November each year in Downtown Florence.

For the last 9 years, Dooley Planetarium has been attending this festival to showcase our solar telescopes. We have also been invited the last 6 years to be part of the STEM Zone.

Students from the Department of Physics and Engineering volunteer their time to work the booth area. We will be attending the festival again on November 4, 2023.

Be sure to stop by and say hello!