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California Academy of Sciences
One of the World's Largest Planetariums
The Morrison Planetarium is located
on Level 1, near Tusher African Center (African Hall ), just off
the main Piazza. You can't miss the huge 90-foot dome structure — its
outer shell looks like a giant white sphere. Get a unique wrap-around visual experience of planet Earth and outer space inside
of the world's largest planetariums. The Morrison Planetarium
features a 75-foot-wide 180° screen
and state-of-the-art digital projection system, allowing visitors to
visit earth and beyond... and see our solar system like
Planetarium shows include:
Evidence of a Restless Planet
- Fragile Planet
- Cosmic Collisions
- Speed in Space
Enjoy a FUN Family
Day outing at the museum — the Planetarium alone is worth
the price of admission. Tip for saving time — buy a pre-paid Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General
Admission Ticket and skip the long ticket buying lines.
— Tickets Required
Planetarium shows air every half-hour on the hour, starting at 10am. Tickets are
required* — visit the kiosk
at the Planetarium entrance to select your show times.
Expect to wait in line during peak times, weekends
and holidays. Lines start near the swinging Pendulum and wrap around the walkway along the Planetarium's outer sphere. Typically, the first show of the day is the
one to catch if you don't want to wait too long in line. The
are extremely popular — we recommend that you get your
ticket when you arrive at the museum before they
Inside the Planetarium, every seat is a good
seat. However, for the best view and sound, make your way to the
middle center seating. Sit back... relax... and enjoy the show! The show
runs for about 35-minutes and it's over before you know it. Fun — and
educational — for kids and big kids too!
* General Admission
Note: Admission includes access to all Museum and Aquarium Exhibits, the Rainforest,
the Living Roof, Planetarium Shows and daily regularly scheduled events.
Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General
the Line: California Academy of Sciences "Behind the Scenes Platinum
Before or after seeing the "EarthQuake" Planetarium Show, experience a little "shake, rattle and roll" at the Academy's "EarthQuake: Life on a Dynamic Planet" exhibit
During a recent "Nightlife" event,
following the Planetarium Show after dark, we went up to the Living
Roof to stargaze through giant telescopes set up to see Venus.
It was incredible!
Telescopes, stargazing and other activities vary week-to-week during "Nightlife" events.
Depending on the weather, solar telescopes may be available during
the day on the Living Roof for sky-gazing. Contact the California
Academy of Sciences for more information.
By the way, if you plan on seeing the Planetarium
Show during "Nightlife" Thursdays, be sure to get your tickets
early. It's very popular and the lines get longer as the evening
progresses. FYI... the first
of the evening (6:30pm) is usually the lightest.
Host Special Events
Host a FUN Corporate Event or Private Party at the California Academy of Sciences — arrange
for a Private Planetarium Viewing and make your event a memorable one.
and Christmas Day
Feb thru' Oct 2009
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Tour Group Info
to main California Academy of Sciences page
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