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The Willard Smith Planetarium

Onsite Operations Update

PacSci is pleased to announce we will soon reopen for the general public.

We will start with the Laser Dome and IMAX® theaters this spring, followed by the reopening of several experiences on campus in July, including the Tropical Butterfly House, Planetarium, Tinker Tank maker space, Live Science Stage, and Dinosaurs. We will also be serving thousands of young scientists through in-person and virtual camps this summer. We look forward to welcoming the community back to the Pacific Science Center campus.

Enjoy a live, immersive presentation in Pacific Science Center’s Willard Smith Planetarium. Blast-off to the outer reaches of the universe, or explore the planets in our own solar system. Discuss current astronomy news and learn about recent discoveries. Each show is live and presenters can modify the program based on interest. There is always something different to experience!


Virtual Planetarium Shows

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Prepare for your Visit

  • All ages are admitted to Planetarium shows, however due to the dark environment inside the Planetarium and the scientific content, full shows are recommended for ages 5 and above.
  • There is no late seating for shows due to the dark environment inside the Planetarium.
  • Planetarium shows are included in general admission but advance tickets are required due to limited seating.



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Additional Information

History of The Willard Smith Planetarium

Originally installed in October 1977, the Willard Smith Planetarium has hosted thousands of families, adults, kids and school groups. In December of 2015 the planetarium installed a new projection system from Digitalis Education Solutions of Bremerton Washington. This single projector system allows Science Center staff to present up-to-the-minute NASA photographs, research and movies. The new system gives guests the opportunity to travel from Puget Sound all the way to the edge of the visible Universe, and back again. Come explore the planets and the cosmos in our state-of-the-art planetarium.