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Members enjoy FREE James S. McDonnell Planetarium show tickets with EVERY visit!

Planetarium Shows

Come visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and see a star show featuring our ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM Model IX projector showing a brilliant simulated night on our 24-meter dome.

Shows are hourly on the half hour and include:

  • A 30 minute Planetarium Show in the Orthwein StarBay.
  • A self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station to learn about living and working in space after the show.

Please note: All Boeing Space Station exhibit areas are closed during Planetarium Shows. Guests will be asked to gather in the Orthwein StarBay during this time.

The Planetarium will be closed September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 for cleaning.

Little Star that Could Live Sky: Tonight Live Sky: The Constellations Live Sky: Magnificent Moon Metal Moons
Sunday 12:30 pm 3:30 pm 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 4:30 pm
Monday 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm

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

For reservations: 800.456.SLSC x4424 or 314.289.4424 

Group tickets: Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Visit our group visits page or call 314.289.4400.

Planetarium Show Prices

Regular Show Prices

Adults: $6.00
Children and Seniors: $5.00
Military: $4.00

Show Descriptions

These shows are appropriate for all age groups unless noted.


Live Sky: Magnificent Moon

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued his historic challenge that the United States should commit itself to landing a man on the Moon and returning him home safely before the decade was out. Apollo 11 was the fulfillment of that promise, but it was not the first time humans looked to our neighbor in space. Throughout time the Moon has beckoned humanity to look up and witness its beauty. Through observations ancient humans would create calendars, cultural traditions and the science of astronomy. In this star show we will explore a few of the myths, phenomena, misconceptions and hoaxes related to the Moon and the Apollo Program to better understand our silent neighbor in space and to show how anyone can study and explore the Moon from our backyards.

After the star show visitors can join planetarium staff as they continue to explore concepts related to the Moon. Through demonstrations, visitors will be able to explore how with a little science popular lunar hoaxes can be discredited. These demonstrations are included with the star show ticket and are open to all visitors in the star show.


Metal Moons

Born in a time of intense political intrigue, satellites have been circling the earth since the late 1950’s. Today’s world has become heavily dependent on these “metal moons” some of which are even visible from your own backyard! See “Metal Moons” today and learn more about artificial satellites and find out how you can actually spot some of them orbiting high overhead.


Live Sky: Mission Mars

People have been fascinated with Mars from the time humans began observing the planet thousands of years ago. Learn how observing the red planet has helped us develop a better understanding of solar system and our place with in it. See how humans have observed Mars through the aid of telescopes and robotic explorers and experience how future astronauts may view stars from a Mars base.


Live Sky: The Constellations

Constellations are what we use to organize the sky, they help us locate the objects of interest to astronomy and they provide us a way to travel back in time to explore the ancient people who named them.

For ancient astronomers the constellations were not only the products of scientific pursuits but often times also served as a means to understand their world and their very existence. Cultures around the world developed rich traditions seeped in astronomy that included their own interpretation of the constellations. Join us for this live presentation as we explore all about the constellations in our night skies.


Live Sky: Tonight

See what is currently visible in the night sky including constellations, planets, current Moon phase and any other special astronomical events such as meteor showers or comets, etc. We will also feature current space exploration such as the rovers on Mars.

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


The Little Star That Could

The story of an “average” star who travels the universe in search of planets. Along the way he makes many discoveries about stars, planets, galaxies and himself. This show is recommended for early childhood age, and is a great show for early childhood groups.

Watch the trailer for The Little Star That Could.

Find out more about Feeling the Stars (a version of The Little Star That Could adapted for children who are blind or have low vision).

Teachers: this show is recommended for grades K-2.

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