Planetarium Shows

Experience the largest artificial sky in the Western Hemisphere

Star Shows in the Orthwein Starbay Theater are your gateway to the stars and beyond. Let the beauty of a clear, dark sky be your window into the universe as one of our skilled Planetarium Presenters leads each audience on a live exploration of the cosmos.

Shows are offered on a variety of topics and include a 40-45 minute live Planetarium program powered by our world-class ZEISS Universarium Mark IX star projector underneath our 80-foot dome.

After each show, explore the exhibit galleries on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the McDonnell Planetarium available only to guests who attend a Star Show.

Live. Current. Unforgettable.

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Summer Value Passes have returned!

OPTION 1: $12.95
OMNIMAX® Theater Show
Planetarium Show
OPTION 2: $22.95
OMNIMAX® Theater Show
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition
OPTION 3: $27.95
OMNIMAX® Theater Show
Planetarium Show
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition

Up to 30% savings!

Package includes one entry to each experience. Good for all films and shows except for feature films and laser shows.
Cannot be combined with other offers. Price is the same for all ages.
Available on site only!


Now Showing at the McDonnell Planetarium

Science of the Zodiac – NEW

The 12 constellations of the zodiac hold a special place in our popular culture, but what makes these patterns different than any of the others found among the stars?

Explore how to observe these constellations and how they have shaped humanity’s scientific understanding of the sky in Science of the Zodiac!

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military
  • *$13.95 Combo (1 OMNIMAX ticket & 1 Planetarium ticket)
    *Available at the box office only

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Gateway to the Solar System

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.

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military
  • *$13.95 Combo (1 OMNIMAX ticket & 1 Planetarium ticket)
    *Available at the box office only

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Live Sky Tonight

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.

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military
  • *$13.95 Combo (1 OMNIMAX ticket & 1 Planetarium ticket)
    *Available at the box office only

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The Little Star that Could

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

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military
  • *$13.95 Combo (1 OMNIMAX ticket & 1 Planetarium ticket)
    *Available at the box office only

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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. Aug 1
Mon. Aug 2
Thu. Aug 5
Fri. Aug 6
Sat. Aug 7
Sun. Aug 8
Mon. Aug 9
Thu. Aug 12
Fri. Aug 13
Sat. Aug 14
Sun. Aug 15
Mon. Aug 16
Thu. Aug 19
Fri. Aug 20
Sat. Aug 21
Sun. Aug 22
Mon. Aug 23
Thu. Aug 26
Fri. Aug 27
Sat. Aug 28
Sun. Aug 29
Mon. Aug 30

Sunday, August 01

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Monday, August 02

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Thursday, August 05

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Friday, August 06

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Saturday, August 07

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Sunday, August 08

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Monday, August 09

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Thursday, August 12

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Friday, August 13

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Saturday, August 14

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Sunday, August 15

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Monday, August 16

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Thursday, August 19

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Friday, August 20

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Saturday, August 21

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Sunday, August 22

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Monday, August 23

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Thursday, August 26

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Friday, August 27

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Saturday, August 28

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Sunday, August 29

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm

Monday, August 30

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
2:00 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
12:45 pm
4:30 pm
Membership

Members stargaze for free.

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

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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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