Public Shows

Public Shows for All!

Explore the universe weekly at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium!

General Show Schedule

  • Wonderstruck Wednesdays at 7p - FREE shows for all
  • Fridays at 7p - Live guided tours of the universe (includes a tour of Tonight's Sky)
  • Saturdays at 2p - Family Show! Pre-recorded shows that are ideal for families (includes a tour of Tonight's Sky)
  • Saturdays at 7p - General Public Show! Pre-recorded shows for all ages (includes a tour of Tonight's Sky)

Ticket Prices and Information

  • $5 - Adults (age 13-59)
  • $3 - Children (age 6-12), Seniors (age 60+), UMD Students (must show student ID)
  • Free - Children age 5 and under

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, use the link below. 

Purchase tickets here

Upcoming Show Schedule

Shows are scheduled a month at a time. The next months schedule will be posted about a week before the start of the month. Tickets for the next month's shows will also go live a week prior to the start of the month. You can find show descriptions below the calendar. 

monthly calendar

Show Descriptions

Wonderstruck Wednesdays at 7p - FREE Shows

Shows last about 30 minutes. Seats are first come, first served and may fill up fast. Doors open at 6:30p.

These shows will also be streamed to Facebook Live ( and recorded for our YouTube channel. Audience members will not be seen on video, but they may be heard.

  • Ask an Astronomer: I wonder...about black holes, about missions to mars, about aliens, about everything! If that's you, then come ask an astronomer! Planetarium staff will gladly answer your questions. If you stump us, we'll find resources to help us all figure out the answer. And if you don't have questions right away, don't worry! We'll also share some fun astronomy current events that have been going on recently. 
  • Exploring the June Sky: I wonder...what we can see in the night sky this month? Explore this months sky with us as we go through the planets and constellations visible as well as discussing upcoming astronomical events like meteor showers or eclipses. 
  • Presentation by the Arrowhead Astronomical Society: I wonder...what the Arrowhead Astronomical Society is up to? Enjoy a presentation from a member of our local amateur astronomy group - the Arrowhead Astronomical Society. If you are interested in joining, the monthly club meeting will take place right after the show. 
  • The Mystery of the Northern Lights: I wonder...what causes the aurora? How can I see them? Do they only happen on Earth? Explore the mystery of the northern lights and get these questions, and many others, answered! 

Fridays at 7p - Live Guided Tours of the Universe

Shows last about an hour and include a tour of Tonight's Sky. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 6:30p. 

  • Journey Through the Solar System:  All aboard the MWAP spaceship, it’s almost time for liftoff! Sit back and enjoy the view as we fly around the canyons on Mars, plunge through Saturn’s rings, find out why Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet, and more! Join us on our Journey Through the Solar System.
  • Expedition: Moons: Our solar system has over 150 moons! Hop in the MWAP spaceship and we’ll explore some of the most interesting moons our solar system has to offer. There’s a moon full of volcanoes, another with a giant ocean, and so much more! Join us as we set out on Expedition: Moons.
  • Adventure to the Edge of the Universe: Planets and stars and galaxies, oh my! Jump in the MWAP spaceship as we take off for an epic journey to see all our universe has to offer. We’ll journey to other planetary systems, fly through giant gas clouds, and find out how many galaxies are out there. Join us as we Adventure to the Edge of the Universe.

Saturdays at 2p - Family Show 

These shows are perfect for families with kids, but can be enjoyed by all ages!

Shows last about an hour and include a tour of Tonight's Sky. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 1:30p. 

  • Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum: Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light! Closed captions available upon request.      Watch a trailer

Enjoy a sensory friendly showing on Saturday June 8th at 4p. More information here

Saturdays at 7p - General Public Show

Shows last about an hour and include a tour of Tonight's Sky. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 6:30p. 

  • Seeing! A Photon's Journey Across Space, Time, and Mind: Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before traveling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. The show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.       Watch a trailer

Show Information

  • Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
  • There is no food or drinks allowed in the planetarium.
  • Please have proof of purchase (email confirmation) ready to show at the door. UMD students will also be required to show their Student ID.
  • Parking information here


Purchase tickets here