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

Outer Limits: Pluto and Beyond
This live, interactive program focuses on NASA’s exploration of Pluto and the Outer Solar System. Guests go on a mind-blowing journey to the edge of our Solar System and beyond. Using actual NASA imagery and simulations, Outer Limits: Pluto and Beyond occurs daily in the Willard Smith Planetarium. 40 minutes

  • Adults and children grades 2 and up. Children under age 4 not admitted.
  • Ticket required. FREE tickets for Pacific Science Center Members

Preschool Trip to the Moon – 20 minutes
This show is an age-appropriate mix of observing the night sky, a puppet story, and a dance party–on the Moon! We aim the show at preschoolers, but there are no age-restrictions on this show.

  • A seat token is required for entry. Tokens are free, and can be picked up in front of the planetarium any time after we open on the day of the show.
Sky Tonight, or Sky Tonight with Feature Focus

Sky Tonight is always a favorite show for ages 6 and up. Guests practice describing and recognizing the objects and motions of the night sky and learn how to use a starmap. Feature focus content is chosen at staff discretion, focusing on news, new science and NASA discoveries.Check today’s show schedule to see if the show has a special feature focus. 40 minutes

  • Adults and children grades 2 and up. Children under 4 years are not admitted.
  • Ticket required. FREE tickets 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

Planetarium Renovation

Originally installed in October 1977, the Willard Smith Planetarium has hosted thousands of families, adults, kids and school groups. After more than 33 years of delivering educational programming, the Willard Smith Planetarium underwent a technological transformation in 2010. The planetarium closed for the month of November 2010 as we installed the first half of a state-of-the-art projection system created by Zeiss Optics. These digital projectors allow Science Center staff to present up-to-the-minute NASA photographs, research and movies. In addition, the new projector allows guests to view five times as many stars. The new projector virtually transports guests to the mountains to view a pristine sky, unhindered by clouds or light pollution. It has the ability to show you more stars than the human eye can perceive in the natural world, without the assistance of technology.

Pacific Science Center is dedicated to presenting science to our fullest capacity. As technology continues to open the door in communicating scientific discovery, we will continue to make improvements to enhance the guest experience.

The Zeiss Spacegate DUO is made possible by a grant from NASA, which supports programming in the Willard Smith Planetarium, on the road around Washington state with our Science on Wheels portable planetariums, and increased astronomy achievement in Discovery Corps, Pacific Science Center’s youth development program.