Planetarium Shows

A beautiful, realistic, simulated night under our 80-foot dome.

Come visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and see a star show to experience the largest artificial sky in the Western Hemisphere. Star shows are lead LIVE by one of our Planetarium Educators creating a new and tailored experience for every audience. Shows include a 40-45 minute Planetarium show in the Orthwein StarBay and a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station exhibits.

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Price

This is a paid experience.

Adults (ages 13-59): $6
Children (ages 2-12) / Seniors (ages 60+): $5
Military: $4
Members: Free

Planetarium SHows

Current Star Show Schedule

Shows are subject to change. Please call ahead at 314.289.4400 to confirm show availability during the times listed.

Sun. Jan 24
Mon. Jan 25
Thu. Jan 28
Fri. Jan 29
Sat. Jan 30
Sun. Jan 31
Mon. Feb 1
Thu. Feb 4
Fri. Feb 5
Sat. Feb 6
Sun. Feb 7
Mon. Feb 8
Thu. Feb 11
Fri. Feb 12
Sat. Feb 13
Sun. Feb 14
Mon. Feb 15
Thu. Feb 18
Fri. Feb 19
Sat. Feb 20
Sun. Feb 21
Mon. Feb 22
Thu. Feb 25

Sunday, January 24

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
3:15 pm

Monday, January 25

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, January 28

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
11:30 am

Friday, January 29

Planetarium: Constellations
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
2:00 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, January 30

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, January 31

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 01

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 04

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, February 05

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, February 06

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, February 07

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 08

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 11

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, February 12

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, February 13

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, February 14

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 15

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 18

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, February 19

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, February 20

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, February 21

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 22

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 25

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
3:15 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Current Show Descriptions

Gateway to the Solar System
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Exploring the solar system – and worlds beyond our own – is not science fiction. Gateway to the Solar System empowers audience members to discover planets, moons, and more by simply looking up.

Live Sky Tonight
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Relax under the clearest night sky in St. Louis as our skilled presenters lead you on tour of the best the night has to offer. This live show is different every time, so stop back again to discover the changing stars, planets, and other celestial events visible from your own backyard.

The Constellations
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People throughout history have filled our night sky with constellations, but why do these patterns matter? Join us for this live star show as we explore the shapes and lore that have helped to guide people’s understanding of the cosmos.

The Little Star That Could
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A tradition in St. Louis for over 30 years! Developed for our youngest stargazers, experience the timeless story of an “average” star in search of what makes him special. Along his journey, we will discover the differences of stars, planets, and galaxies in the night sky.

Note: Not a live performance

Membership

Members stargaze for free.

Love the Planetarium? Become a Science Center member and watch star shows for free with every visit, as well as get a full year of additional members-only benefits.

Plus, members help support the Science Center and our mission to make science learning open to everyone.

Become a Member

Accessibility

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.

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