Please arrive at least 15 min before showtime. Late entry is not allowed.
Opened in 1964, the Burke Baker Planetarium has presented astronomical programs to millions of visitors from school groups to the general public. The newly upgraded planetarium now features Digistar 6, the world’s leading digital planetarium software and projection system. The Digistar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. Along with our ability to create unique experiences for the planetarium, we have access to a global cloud library of content and shows we can present. The Digistar Cloud library allows us to keep presentations filled with the latest discoveries. You’ll discover something new every time you visit!
As part of our celebrations honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is offering naming opportunities for our new Burke Baker Planetarium seats! Click here to learn more.
On your way to your planetarium show, you’ll notice one of our newest installations, a recreation of the Sea of Tranquility, where the astronauts of Apollo 11 landed in July 1969. Stand with the U.S. flag staked on the Moon, and see the footprints left Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and other Apollo 11 astronauts on the Moon’s dirt. The Burke Baker Planetarium also boasts various Moon rocks and space suits, so you learn on the way to your show.