Immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists as their songs come alive in a 360-degree environment of light and sound!
The McDonnell Planetarium’s Laser Show Series fuses music, laser artwork, immersive lighting, and 3D-atmospheric effects to create an unforgettable live experience.
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Laser Shows will be offered July 2nd through 11th, 2021! Please check below for our summer lineup.
Upcoming Laser Light Shows
Friday, July 02
Saturday, July 03
Sunday, July 04
Monday, July 05
Thursday, July 08
Friday, July 09
Saturday, July 10
July 2021 Laser Shows
90's Alt Rock
Experience the top alternative rock songs of the 1990’s! Featuring the music of Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, and more.
Runtime: 47 minutes
|Rage Against the Machine||Bulls On Parade|
|Girl Against Boys||Park Avenue|
|Foo Fighters||Monkey Wrench|
|Alice in Chains||Would|
|The Chemical Brothers||Block Rockin’ Beats|
|White Zombie||More Human Than Human|
Take a trip down memory lane with The Fab Four and enjoy favorites such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Yesterday, Here Comes the Sun, and more. Sing-a-long to these classic songs as you are transported back to a lost time and re-experience the evolution of this musical phenomenon.
Runtime: 45 Minutes
|Magical Mystery Tour|
|I Wanna Hold Your Hand|
|Twist & Shout|
|A Hard Day’s Night|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band|
|A Day in the Life|
|Here Comes the Sun|
|Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds|
|Strawberry Fields Forever|
Classic Rock Night
Rock out and relax to some of the greatest rock bands of all time! Featuring hits by AC/DC, Aerosmith, Journey, Van Halen, and more!
Runtime: 45 Minutes
|AC/DC||Back in Black|
|Emerson, Lake & Palmer||Karn Evil 9|
|Kansas||Carry On My Wayward Son|
|Kiss||Rock-n-Roll All Night|
|Pink Floyd||One Of These Days|
Can you feel it coming? Rock out to your favorite tracks by Phil Collins and Genesis in this laser show! Featuring In the Air Tonight, Sledgehammer, Mama and more.
Runtime: 43 Minutes
|Turn It On Again|
|Tonight, Tonight, Tonight|
|Land of Confusion|
|Follow You, Follow Me|
|In The Air Tonight|
Relive the psychedelic and rock hits of Led Zeppelin accompanied with out-of-this-world laser and lighting effects. Featuring their greatest hits like Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, Stairway to Heaven, and more.
Approximate Runtime: 52 Minutes
|Song Remains the Same|
|Over the Hills and Far Away|
|Good Times, Bad Times|
|Livin’, Lovin’ Maid|
|Stairway to Heaven|
|Whole Lotta Love|
|Rock -n- Roll|
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political, and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most popular and mind-bending light concerts of all time! Featuring the entire groundbreaking album including songs like Breathe, Money, and Any Colour You Like.
Runtime: 43 Minutes
|Speak to Me|
|On the Run|
|The Great Gig in the Sky|
|Us and Them|
|Any Colour You Like|
Pink Floyd's The Wall
Coupled with spectacular laser art and immersive effects, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Featuring songs from the album such as Comfortably Numb, Young Lust, and Another Brick in the Wall.
Approximate Runtime: 50 Minutes
|In the Flesh|
|The Thin Ice|
|Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)|
|The Happiest Days of our Lives|
|Another Brick in the Wall (part II)|
|Goodbye Blue Sky|
|Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)|
|Run Like Hell|
We will rock you! Immerse yourself in the greatest hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen in this legendary laser show! Featuring Another One Bites the Dust, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more.
Approximate Runtime: 46 Minutes
|We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions|
|Don’t Stop Me Now|
|Another One Bites The Dust|
|I Want To Break Free|
|Princes Of The Universe|
|The Show Must Go On|
Considered by many to be Rush’s breakthrough album, experience the entire prog-rock masterpiece in this symphony of laser light and sound. The 1976 album features an eponymous seven-part suite written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, with lyrics written by Neil Peart that tells a dystopian story set in the year 2112.
Runtime: 40 Minutes
|II. The Temples of Syrinx|
|V. Oracle: The Dream|
|VII. Grand Finale|
|2. A Passage to Bangkok|
|3. The Twilight Zone|
|6. Something for Nothing|
Laser Show Frequently Asked Questions
What are laser shows?
Laser shows are like going to a concert but without the band! We fuse popular music, real-time laser artwork, immersive 360-degree lighting, and 3D-atmospheric effects to bring your favorite music to life like you have never seen it before.
Didn’t you used to do laser shows?
Yes! Laser shows were a favorite attraction at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for generations of St. Louisans. Our new shows bring lasers into the 21st century by featuring the newest laser projectors available and the addition of 3D-atmospheric effects that allow the laser beams to be seen above the audience in mid-air!
Are laser shows outside?
No, our laser shows take place inside the comfort of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. We are home to the largest fulldome laser show in the United States!
Are laser shows suitable for children?
This depends on the show and your child. Laser shows feature loud music and flashing lights in the dark environment of the Planetarium that may be scary for young children. Some shows feature music and lyrics intended for an adult audience and may include profanity. We do not prohibit children, but viewer discretion is advised.
I am sensitive to flashing lights; should I see a laser show?
Laser shows feature flashing lights and loud music. We do not recommend laser shows if you are sensitive to light or sound.
Laser Shows take place in the Star Bay, located on the 2nd floor of the Planetarium. Access is available through the stairs or elevator from the main Planetarium lobby.
Members stargaze for free.
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Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the McDonnell Planetarium.
We also offer hearing assist devices for Planetarium star shows. When ordering tickets, please let your reservationist know you’re interested in a hearing assist device, or speak with a Planetarium team member before your program begins.