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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.

Our star shows will be closed on the following dates:
Aug. 15 closed all day
Sept. 7 closed all day
Sept. 17- 22 closed for upgrade
Oct. 10-14 closed for a private event each day

Little Star that Could Live Sky: Tonight Live Sky: The Constellations Live Sky: Eclipse Mr. Hubble’s Universe
Monday, 9/21 4:30 pm 10:30 am
11:30 am
3:30 pm
Tuesday, 9/22 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Wednesday, 9/23 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Thursday, 9/24 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Friday, 9/18 10:30 am 12:30 pm
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm
4:30 pm
Saturday, 9/19 10:30 am 4:30 pm 12:30 pm 11:30 am
1:30 pm
2:30 pm
3:30 pm
Sunday, 9/20 12:30 pm 4:30 pm 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
2:30 pm
3:30 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. Click here to visit our group tickets page or call 314.289.4400.

Planetarium Show Prices

Regular Show Prices

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

Premium Show Prices (Live Sky: Eclipse)

Adults: $7.00
Children and Seniors: $6.00
Military: $5.00

Show Descriptions

These shows are appropriate for all age groups unless noted.

Total Solar Eclipse at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium

 Live Sky: Eclipse

Come discover this amazing phenomena with us at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and make sure you stay in the dark on August 21, 2017. Explore how three well known objects, the Sun, Earth and Moon, behave to cause night, day, the seasons, and of course how they can align just right to create an eclipse. 

Know where you need to be to see the eclipse and how to safely view this rare celestial event. During this unique premium Planetarium experience, you will learn about these ideas and more in an interactive star show, as well as in hands-on breakout mini-workshops with our engaging educators. 


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.

Click here for the trailer. 

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.


Mr. Hubble’s Universe

The Hubble Space Telescope was named after one of the most influential astronomers of our time, Edwin Hubble. Take a tour of our Universe revealed by Mr. Hubble’s Telescope as it unravels the mysteries of the cosmos. This show is offered during our extended and summer hours and by special request. 

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