Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest observations, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star, planet, spacecraft, or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison’s 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience.
Please note: Morrison Planetarium will be closed for regular maintenance February 27-March 1.
For your safety, free reservations are required for all shows and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. View the FAQs below for more information. Please note: Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.
Now playing: Living Worlds
In the Academy's newest original planetarium show, discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds, light years away.
Now playing: Expedition Reef
Learn the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you embark on an oceanic safari of the world’s most vibrant—and endangered—marine ecosystems.
Visit Hohfeld Hall
Hohfeld Hall is a great place to introduce your under-4s to the wonders of the cosmos. Join us on the first floor of the planetarium for Landscape of the Solar System, a live, family-friendly, 15-minute program—now playing daily!
The planetarium welcomes some of the brightest stars in the astronomy world to the stage as part of the Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture series.
About the dome
Mimicking the tilt of planet Earth, the frame of the dome—composed of 100 percent recycled steel—supports a NanoSeam projection screen that seems to disappear when lit, creating a true-to-life recreation of luminous, faraway space and skies.
44 lizards. 14 sea slugs. Seven fishes. Four beetles. Four sharks. And that's just half of them! See what Academy scientists added to the tree of life in 2022. Photo © Yi-Kai Tea