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New Planetarium Show Now Open

New Planetarium Show Now Open!

Have you ever wondered what happens when a star is born? Our newest Planetarium show helps you find out!
“Sea of Stars: Sail Through the Milky Way” takes you on a journey to visit baby stars in a stellar nursery, see the nebulas left by dead stars (like the one pictured to the right), and explore the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. Prepare to be star struck!
Also showing: “Mars Revealed,” where we fly you from Earth to the Martian surface where you’ll discover some of the geographical features that could indicate whether life ever existed on the Red Planet, and “Flight Through Our Solar System,” which takes you from the sun past Pluto to the icy outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud.

Show Times

“Mars Revealed”

  • 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday

“Sea of Stars: Sail Through the Milky Way”

  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday

“Flight Through Our Solar System”

  • Noon and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday
Planetarium shows are included in the price of admission. Due to social distancing guidelines, guests are asked to sign up for their preferred showtimes when they arrive at the Museum.