Plan Your Visit
The Willard Smith Planetarium
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!
Planetarium shows are included with general admission, but require advance tickets to reserve your seat. Don’t wait! Planetarium shows regularly sell out. Get your tickets online or purchase them at the North or South Entrance Ticket Booths or the Information Desk in Building 1. Plan your visit to PacSci today!
Virtual Planetarium Shows
Upcoming Virtual Events
Onsite Operations Update
Pacific Science Center’s onsite operations remain limited. Our facilities are not open to the public at this time. However, we are continuing to serve the community as we undergo our renewal.
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.
Current Planetarium Shows
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. (15 minutes)
The Sky Tonight
Focusing on naked-eye astronomy The Sky Tonight shows how the stars can be used for navigation and how to find constellations and planets. Discuss current visible events and look at objects only visible through a telescope. Due to the dark environment and scientific content this show is recommended for 5 and older. (40 minutes)
Fly through the Rings of Saturn or see the largest volcano on Mars in The Planets live show! Visit the planets in our Solar System. Have a question about the planets? Due to the dark environment and scientific content this show is recommended for 5 and older. (40 minutes)
Earth Pole to Pole
Explore how the Earth’s polar regions affect every aspect of the globe, and how scientists from the University of Washington are researching these remote regions of Earth. (40 minutes)
Focus on Space
Go in depth on select astronomical topics including ground-based astronomy, astrobiology, physics, and more. Recommended for 7 and older. (30 minutes)
Innovations from Space
Missions in space exploration require scientists and engineers to continuously make advancements in technology and capabilities, but all this innovation doesn’t stay in space. Learn more about how innovations from space are brought back down to Earth to help with everyday life here at home. (30 minutes)
Members Get More
Ignite your curiosity day after day! Members enjoy unlimited free admission for a year, discounts on events and programs, invitations to exclusive events, as well as passes and discounts on IMAX and Laser shows, and ticketed VR experiences.
Curiosity Never Closes: Support PacSci
While we undergo our renewal, we are still serving the community. We depend on support from you.
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.