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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!
Check out the Planetarium shows schedule. Multiple different shows a day mean that there is always something different to see and experience. Schedule subject to change without notice.
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 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 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)
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.