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.

Fri. Apr 23
Sat. Apr 24
Sun. Apr 25
Mon. Apr 26
Thu. Apr 29
Fri. Apr 30
Sat. May 1
Sun. May 2
Mon. May 3
Thu. May 6
Fri. May 7
Sat. May 8
Sun. May 9
Fri. May 14
Sat. May 15
Sun. May 16
Mon. May 17
Thu. May 20
Fri. May 21
Sat. May 22
Sun. May 23
Mon. May 24

Friday, April 23

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, April 24

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, April 25

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, April 26

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, April 29

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, April 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

Saturday, May 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

Sunday, May 02

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, May 03

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, May 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

Friday, May 07

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, May 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

Sunday, May 09

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

Friday, May 14

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, May 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

Sunday, May 16

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, May 17

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, May 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

Friday, May 21

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, May 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

Sunday, May 23

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, May 24

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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Constellations are your map to the night sky. Explore the patterns that change overhead throughout the year in this live star show.

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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