Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.
Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star 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 (titled at a 30 degree angle), the dome itself seems to disappear.
The result—a sensation often described as flying—can be felt throughout a wide range of programming, from traditional star shows and special films like Dark Universe, to live broadcasts from Academy scientists in the field, to films that explore the fragile ecosystems on planet Earth. Tickets to Morrison Planetarium shows are included in the price of admission. To get yours, just stop by the Planetarium kiosk when you arrive.
Now Showing: Dark Universe
Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive us.
Science of the Sun: Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipses don't happen every day. Why not, and what causes these spectacles in the first place? In this live 15-minute show, find out all you need to know to understand and safely observe the solar eclipse that takes place on October 23.
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.
2014 Pocket Almanac
Download the Morrison Planetarium 2014 Pocket Almanac (developed by our own planetarium staff) to stay up-to-date on eclipses, meteor showers, satellite spottings, and more.
The Academy's Benjamin Dean lecture series hosts the world's leading experts in astronomy, astrophysics, and more.
Morrison Planetarium is open for Thursday NightLife events, featuring special shows and presentations.
From moon phases to meteor showers, from planetary activity to space-related anniversaries, our guides have it all! Created by Morrison Planetarium staff, these go-to resources cover events occurring between October and December of 2014.
For information on licensing Morrison Planetarium shows—including Earthquake: Evidence of Restless Planet and Life: A Cosmic Story—please contact us using the link below.