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. Oct 29
Fri. Oct 30
Sat. Oct 31
Sun. Nov 1
Mon. Nov 2
Thu. Nov 5
Fri. Nov 6
Sat. Nov 7
Sun. Nov 8
Mon. Nov 9
Thu. Nov 12

Thursday, October 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, October 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, October 31

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, November 01

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, November 02

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, November 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

Friday, November 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

Saturday, November 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

Sunday, November 08

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, November 09

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, November 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

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
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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.

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.

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

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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