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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.

Little Star that Could Live Sky: Tonight Live Sky: The Constellations Live Sky: Mission Mars
Monday 10:30 am 11:30 am
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am 11:30 am
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am 11:30 am
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am 11:30 am
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am 11:30 am
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am
12:30 pm
11:30 am
3:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:30 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm 3:30 pm 1:30 pm 2:30 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

Show Descriptions

These shows are appropriate for all age groups unless noted.


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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