With our Planetarium Picks for Educators program, you can select the Planetarium show that is right for your class trip to the Museum!Please note that Planetarium Picks for Educators shows are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The option is to choose which show will play at that particular time slot. It is NOT a private screening. Educator resources are available! Visit our Field Trips Curriculum page for educational downloads related to each film or e-mail our Field Trips department at email@example.com.
Booking a Planetarium Picks for Educators planetarium show requires a group of 25 or more. Reservations must be made at least 5 business days in advance. Please note that any seats not filled by students will be made available for public sale.
Available Planetarium Picks for Educators Showtimes:
Monday thru Friday 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m, 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m, 1:00 p.m, 1:30 p.m, 2:00 p.m
Dark Universe whisks audiences out of the Milky Way galaxy, drops them alongside a parachute descending through Jupiter’s atmosphere, and brings them all the way to the afterglow of the Big Bang while revealing the breakthroughs that have led astronomers to confront two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.
Dynamic Earth explores concepts and terms essential to understanding the climate and fills in major gaps in the public’s understanding of climate change. In doing so, it enables audiences to gain perspective on one of the most important issues of our time: the question of how to balance the energy and resource needs of our populations with the need to safeguard Earth’s great life support system, the global climate.
Black holes are among the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the Universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is there one in Earth’s neighborhood? Explore the latest scientific knowledge about black holes in a show that is visually immersive and very exciting. Best for grades 5-12.
We Choose Space
Fifty years ago, President Kennedy chose the Moon. Today our students can also choose a trip or even a career in space. This show is filled with real adventures on the completed International Space Station and the Moon. Human spaceflight after the Space Shuttle is very exciting, engaging, and real. Best for all grades.
Under the Weather From the planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol. When their weather-collecting pet, Gorga, runs away, the Zula Patrol chases him all the way to our solar system. Here they learn about the weather on Earth and other planets while trying to save Gorga from the villainous Dark Truder.
Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt 6,000 years ago to see how astronomers made the first solar calendar, aligned their temples and pyramids, and told time by the stars. You’ll discover the connection ancient Egyptians felt with the heavens and explore the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world. Best for grades 3-12 with an astronomy and history focus.
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Best for grade 3 and up.
The Great Planet Adventures
Be a super star on the solar system’s low gravity worlds: zip lining on the scorched Mercury, snowmobiling on Pluto, bungee jumping from an asteroid and diving from the tallest cliff or rappelling into deepest canyon in the solar system. Ten thrills and ten destinations visiting all the planets! Best for all grades.
Starry Night Express
This is a traditional planetarium show – a LIVE tour of the night sky with a close up of the Moon and planets as they appear this evening. Constellations and deep sky surprises complete this grand tour. The show also features meteor showers, eclipses, comets, and times to see the International Space Station. Best for all grades.
Feel nature’s fury! Experience the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and Hurricane Ike in 2008. Survive a devastating tornado and a solar storm more powerful than a nuclear blast! This realistic adventure puts your students in the middle of the action when nature goes Force 5. Best for grades 3-12.