Please note: Morrison Planetarium will be closed for routine maintenance from September 20-22.
Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest observations, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star, planet, spacecraft, or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison’s 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience.
For your safety, reservations are required for all shows and are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. View the FAQs below for more information. Please note that planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.
Now playing: Big Astronomy
Showtimes vary by day. Please view our Daily Calendar for the latest schedule.
Journey to remote, rugged regions of Chile to visit some of the world’s largest telescopes in the Academy’s newest planetarium show. After meeting the remarkable people who make this amazing technology run smoothly, you’ll learn more about the latest discoveries from these observatories.
Now playing: Tour of the Universe
Showtimes: 4:30 pm daily
Go faster than the speed of light to explore the farthest reaches of the known Universe in this live presentation that uses NASA’s OpenSpace software. We’re also simulcasting the show from the planetarium every Wednesday at 4:30 pm PT—tune in on the Academy’s YouTube channel or the Morrison Planetarium Facebook page!
The planetarium welcomes some of the brightest stars in the astronomy world to the stage as part of the Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture series—rebooting as a streaming program this June!
About the dome
Mimicking the tilt of planet Earth, the frame of the dome—composed of 100 percent recycled steel—supports a NanoSeam projection screen that seems to disappear when lit, creating a true-to-life recreation of luminous, faraway space and skies.
Your hub for all things astronomy, Universe Update features expert Academy insight on everything from eclipses to quantum physics to SETI—the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.