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 (www.facebook.com/UMDPlanetarium/live) and recorded for our YouTube channel. Audience members will not be seen on video, but they may be heard.

  • Star Wars: Fact or Fiction: I wonder...how much of the Star Wars universe could really exist? Could there be a world with two suns? Are lightsaber battles in our future? Join us as we explore a galaxy far, far away and discover what is science fact and what is science fiction. 
  • 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. 
  • Southern Skies: I wonder...what the night sky looks like south of the equator? We're not in Minnesota anymore! Journey with us to the southern hemisphere as we explore the stars and constellations in the night sky there. 

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. 

  • Minnesota in the CosmosIn this original Bell Museum production, explore the formation of the universe from a uniquely Minnesota perspective. Investigate the deep cosmic and geological history of the land beneath our feet as seen through the eyes of a boy on a field trip to Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.     Watch a trailer

Enjoy a sensory friendly showing on Saturday Mar 16th 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. 

  • Unveiling the Invisible Universe: For thousands of years the humans observed the light coming from the night sky with their eyes. In the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the telescope by Galileo revolutionized our knowledge of the Universe. Finally, in the 20th century with the advent of rockets, it became possible to go above the earth’s atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation which are the marks of the hot and violent Universe. But it is not only light that can give us information about the cosmos. Neutrinos and cosmic rays also provide vital information. Finally, the detection by the LIGO experiment of gravitational waves from two merging black holes opened a new window in astrophysics. This video presents images of the cosmos as revealed by all these different messengers.     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