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

Margaret and the Moon

Saturday, July 20
2-3pm: Margaret and the Moon
4-5pm: The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon
$5 per person per event / $10 for both presentations / 3 years and under FREE

From 2-3pm: Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing is a nonfiction picture book about a pioneering scientist who turns her love of math into a celebrated career with the United States space program. When this problem-solver discovers a new invention called a computer, she uses it to solve one of the hardest problems ever—flying astronauts to the moon. In the process, she breaks boundaries for women and becomes an American hero.

From 4-5pm: Timed to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 in 2019, The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean is a nonfiction children’s picture book about the only artist to travel in outer space. Alan Bean is both a brave astronaut and a painter who expresses his feelings through art. After the Apollo 12 mission, he pursues a one-of-a-kind dream: painting the magic and mystery of his trip to the moon.

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.

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!