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 (tilted 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, 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.
Please note: Morrison Planetarium will be closed September 28–30 for routine maintenance.
Join us in an exploration of what it means to live in today’s connected world. Narrated by Frances McDormand, Habitat Earth takes show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.
Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 30-minute show, narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life.
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.
Infrared: The Light of Life
There are colors that our eyes can't see. One of them—infrared light—allows us to explore life and the universe in a way otherwise hidden to us. Join us for this 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.
Note: Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot permit anyone under 4.
Morrison Planetarium is open for Thursday NightLife events, featuring special shows and presentations.
For information on licensing fulldome shows from the California Academy of Sciences, please contact us below.