Planetarium Shows

Hurst Planetarium

This magical Planetarium is managed by the Ella Sharp Museum, and Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year with a new state-of-the art OmniStar projector. The Planetarium offers shows featuring a live presentation of the stars Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Special Events

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Hurst Planetarium

Friday, September 20
FREE

1969 was an exciting year for space exploration and, in Jackson, for astronomy. The whole world watched in July as NASA landed the first human on the moon. And in Jackson that September, Peter F. Hurst presented the community with a state-of-the-art planetarium. Join us on September 20 as we proudly celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium – recognizing a half century of stimulating educational and entertaining programs for the Jackson Community.

Murder Mystery at the Museum: Rescue Mission in Space

October 26 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
$60 per person/$110 per couple
$55 per person/$100 per couple for members

Join us for another stimulating evening of fine dining and engrossing live theater as we host our second annual Mystery Dinner. In keeping with our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hurst Planetarium, our production this year will be “Rescue Mission in Space”, an exciting story of black holes, disappearing planets and lady heroes. Costumes encouraged.

Ongoing Events

Sunday Public Kid’s Show
Robots on Mars

Sundays @ 1:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Mars is one of Earth’s nearest planetary neighbors. With the help of all kinds of robotic friends, scientists hope to learn as much as they can about the red planet. “Robots on Mars” is a brand new live program that will visit these metal scientists as they look for water, fly high above in space, and search for alien life.

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Sunday Public Shows
Imagine the Moon

Sundays @ 2:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Explore the many wonderful sights of our nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon! A brand new show developed by Adler Planetarium, “Imagine the Moon” takes viewers on a trip to the Moon, while celebrating the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world.

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Thursday Public Shows
Imagine the Moon

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Explore the many wonderful sights of our nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon! A brand new show developed by Adler Planetarium, “Imagine the Moon” takes viewers on a trip to the Moon, while celebrating the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world.

Sunday Public Shows
Mayan Archaeoastronomy – Observers of the Universe

Sundays @ 1:30 pm (Starting October 3rd)
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Jupiter is the largest planet in our grand solar system, and it holds many mysteries beneath its clouds and throughout its dozens of moons. Even though Jupiter orbits nearly 500 million miles away from the Sun, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory challenged themselves to send a space probe to the gas giant and see what answers they could find. This spacecraft, named Juno, arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and has witnessed one fantastic sight after another. Join us for an exploration of Juno’s journey and see the wonders of Jupiter for yourself!

Sunday Public Shows
Jupiter Up Close

Sundays @ 2:30 pm (Starting October 3rd)
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Jupiter is the largest planet in our grand solar system, and it holds many mysteries beneath its clouds and throughout its dozens of moons. Even though Jupiter orbits nearly 500 million miles away from the Sun, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory challenged themselves to send a space probe to the gas giant and see what answers they could find. This spacecraft, named Juno, arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and has witnessed one fantastic sight after another. Join us for an exploration of Juno’s journey and see the wonders of Jupiter for yourself!

Thursday Public Shows
Jupiter Up Close

Sundays @ 6:30 pm (Starting October 3rd)
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Jupiter is the largest planet in our grand solar system, and it holds many mysteries beneath its clouds and throughout its dozens of moons. Even though Jupiter orbits nearly 500 million miles away from the Sun, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory challenged themselves to send a space probe to the gas giant and see what answers they could find. This spacecraft, named Juno, arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and has witnessed one fantastic sight after another. Join us for an exploration of Juno’s journey and see the wonders of Jupiter for yourself!

Ella’s Explorers

Third Saturdays of each month
Price: $4 Drop-In or $36 for 12 months
Member Price: $3 Drop-In or $30 for 12 months

Ella’s Explorers is a brand new club for children with a curious mind and an explorer’s heart. Join us each month for out of this world activities and experiences; design a rocket, build models of the solar system, learn how to use telescopes, and more! Recommended for ages 7-11.

Sensory Friendly Planetarium Shows

First Sundays of each month @ 12:00 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019.

Private Shows

Time & date made upon reservation

Have you ever wanted a birthday under the stars? A party that’s out of this world? A place for your event unlike any other? Look no further than Ella Sharp Museum’s Hurst Planetarium! Call to make a reservation!