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, virtual night sky tours, private planetarium events & shows, night sky observing programs, and is a virtual classroom resource for all parents and educators.


Science Wednesdays: Astronomy Updates

Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm

Ella Sharp is excited to bring amazing science content to our visitors and followers every Wednesday at 1 PM over Facebook Live! Each week we will alternate between live Astronomy Updates and fun science activities that you can do from home.

Virtual Planetarium Shows

Sundays @ 3 pm
August 16 – December 20, 2020

Enjoy the wonders of the cosmos through our virtualized planetarium shows from your own home via Zoom. Each virtual show is offered at 3:00 p.m. every Sunday and includes a live night sky tour followed by one of our unique planetarium shows created at the Hurst Planetarium, all updated with new scientific discoveries and imagery!

Explore the Night: Night Hike & Guided Telescope Observing

August 20 @ 8:00 pm
September 17 @ 7:30 pm
October 15 @ 7:00 pm
November 19 @ 6:00 pm

Join Ella Sharp Museum and the Dahlem Center for a wonderful night under the stars! Let’s explore and use our night senses! The goal for our night walk, led by Dahlem Naturalist Educator Carrie Benham, is to help people enjoy being outdoors after dark, help them feel safe, and share information about nocturnal animals, the senses they use at night, and how we can better develop our own senses and awareness of the dark. Afterwards, Ella Sharp Museum will be providing guided telescope observing with Planetarium Operator, Austin Edmister. We will be observing to view the planets and many other celestial wonders, and watching the stars come out. Telescope observing is dependent on clear skies and weather permitting.

Virtual Night Sky Tours

Date & Time By Request

Experience the night sky from the comfort of your home or back yard! Ella Sharp Museum is offering virtual night sky tours. These tours will show you what’s currently in your night sky, when to look for it, and the easiest ways to observe. This is perfect for at home birthdays or any special occasion. Programming will be personalized for the guest of honor.

In-Person Private Shows

Date & Time By Request

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!