From the mysteries of the moon and the search for life beyond Earth, to the stories that shape our stars, our Planetarium has shows for every level and interest! Sit back and enjoy a selection of cosmic spectacles every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 2, and 3:30pm. #HRMPlanetarium
Our 12:30pm shows inspire the youngest future astronomers to learn about the universe. (Recommended for young children.) At 2pm, find out what the sky will look like the very night you see this live, interactive show. (Recommended for all ages.) 3:30pm star shows explore more complex scientific content as it draws you into the action. (Recommended for ages 8+.)
#HRMPlanetarium in the News!
WAG Magazine interviews Marc Taylor, Manager of the Planetarium and Science Programs, who sheds light on the rich history of the Museum's Planetarium, as well as exciting new events and programs. Read the full article here.
Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Planetarium Show Descriptions
Ages 8+. 35 minutes, plus Q&A.
Where are the moons? What do they do? Follow the astronauts to our silvery moon, then journey to the outer planets to discover more moons. Come back to earth with new found wonder for the dynamic solar system where we live.
We Are Aliens!
Ages 5+, 26 minutes + Q & A
Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! is a new 360° digital planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (from Harry Potter films) that takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.
Tycho to the Moon
Ages 5+, 24 minutes + Q & A
Kids love Tycho! The dog that doesn’t just howl at the moon—he goes there! See the planetarium’s favorite dog like never before with stunning new fulldome visuals. Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho and his young American friends, Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky. Includes the much-loved singalong song “Don’t Touch!”
Earth, Moon, and Sun
Ages 5+, 26 minutes + Q & A
This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.
Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
Ages 5+, 25 minutes + Q & A
The stars tell the story of beautiful Andromeda, who is punished by the gods for her mother’s bragging, sacrificed to a sea monster, and then rescued by Perseus.
One World, One Sky
On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same - they love to fly kites! Children can’t fly a kite on the moon because there is no wind but on Earth they can! More learning, too, about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon. Produced by Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.
The Girl Who Walked Upside Down
This is the tale of a girl who came to us one spring day, after a storm, walking upside down upon the rainbow. She has a unique way of looking at things, in particular the sky, and an affection for the Moon and stars. What would you notice, if you could walk upside down?
The Sky Tonight
Ages 8+ 55 minutes
Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.
We Are Astronomers
Ages 8+, 25 minutes + Q & A
Discover how astronomers share knowledge and answer our questions about the universe. Narrated by David Tennant, the “Tenth Doctor” in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who.
Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Dive below the ocean’s surface, travel beneath the forest floor, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
The Victorian's Guide to the Galaxy
A new original show, The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy, explores what 19th-century scientists understood about their universe through developments in the field of astronomy at the time.