Plan Your Visit

Visit our Willard Smith Planetarium, open daily in Building 2.

Willard Smith Planetarium

Add a Planetarium ticket to your experience for just $3 (FREE for Members). Get your tickets at our box office when you arrive, or stop by the Information Desk in Building 1 during your visit. You may also buy your tickets online or call (206) 443-2001 for purchasing information. For additional information about the Willard Smith Planetarium or details about the shows call (206) 443-2385.

Please note:

  • Children under 4 years are not admitted to the planetarium, except for Preschool Shows.
  • There is no late seating.
  • Tickets for planetarium shows require an accompanying general admission ticket and are subject to availability.
The following is a schedule of our Planetarium shows and Live Science Stage shows. Schedule subject to change without notice.
Current Planetarium Shows
Preschool All Stars 20 Minutes. No movies in the Willard Smith Planetarium, all our shows are live! Written with our youngest guests in mind this show is an opportunity for children of all ages to be introduced to the wonders of astronomy. Guests interact with the sky in the planetarium through dance, song and storytelling. The Sky Tonight 40 Minutes. No movies in the Willard Smith Planetarium, all our shows are live! Focusing on naked-eye astronomy The Sky Tonight shows guests how the stars can be used for navigation and how to find Constellations and Planets. We talk about current visible events and also look at some objects only visible through a telescope. Due to the dark environment and potential for loud noises children under 4 are not admitted to this show. Tickets are required. Tickets are FREE for Pacific Science Center Members. The Planets 40 Minutes. No movies in the Willard Smith Planetarium, all our shows are live! In The Planets you will fly through the Rings of Saturn or see the largest volcano on Mars! In this show guests visit the planets in our Solar System. No two presentations are the same. Have a question about the planets? Our performer can explore the answer with you! Feature content is chosen at staff discretion and focuses on news, new science and NASA discoveries. Due to the dark environment and potential for loud noises children under 4 are not admitted to this show. Tickets are required. Tickets are FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.
Monthly Star Maps
What’s Up in the Night Sky Below are links to Pacific Science Center’s star maps. Each of the six show the evening sky for a two-month period. These star maps are designed for the latitude of Seattle (47.3 degrees North) but they will work fine for any location in the world between about 40-55 degrees North latitude. They will also work for any year in the future because they don’t contain objects that move during the month (such as planets).  
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.