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.

Thu. Jul 9
Fri. Jul 10
Sat. Jul 11
Sun. Jul 12
Mon. Jul 13
Thu. Jul 16

Thursday, July 09

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
5:45 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
3:15 pm

Friday, July 10

Planetarium: Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
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, July 11

Planetarium: Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
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

Sunday, July 12

Planetarium: Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
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

Monday, July 13

Planetarium: Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
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

Thursday, July 16

Planetarium: Constellations
2:00 pm
5:45 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
11:30 am
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
3:15 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.

The Constellations

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.

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.

Teachers: This show is recommended for all age groups and can be tailored to fit a particular age group.

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

Members stargaze for FREE!

Members can watch star shows for FREE every day at the Planetarium with a Saint Louis Science Center membership.

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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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