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Please note:

  1. Children must be at least 3 years old to attend programs in the planetarium theater, except for the family show at 10 a.m., which children under 3 may attend.
  2. LASM requires 1 chaperone for every 10 children.
  3. Maximum group size for the auditorium is 190.
  4. Maximum group size for the planetarium is 171.

Planetarium Shows
$3.50 per person, allow 1 hour.
If you'd like to add a visit to one of the museum galleries, refer to Gallery Add-Ons.

SHOW TIMES

Earth’s Wild Ride

While observing a solar eclipse from their moon colony, a grandfather tells his grandchildren stories about Earth, the amazing planet where he grew up. They learn about eclipses, the ice age, Earth’s water cycle, and the differences between the earth and the moon. The exciting visual imagery also includes a roller-coaster ride through flowing lava and canyons of raging rivers.
Recommended ages: 6 and above

The Moon
Through June 28

Explore our moon’s observable features, motion, and phases through this educational yet highly entertaining show that uses popular animation styles to capture the attention of young audiences. Visitors will discover why the moon has craters, mountains, and no atmosphere, as well as why we see the moon in the daytime sky, why it shines, and why we see only one side of the moon. A tour of the evening night sky, pointing out seasonal constellations and visible planets, is also included.
Recommended ages: 3 and above

Magic Tree House
Begins June 30

Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House ® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “-M.” Viewers peek into the tree house and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, jack and Annie nearly get…well, we don’t want to give the surprise away!
Recommended ages: 6 and above

Dark Universe
Through June 28


The universe is a curious place, more so than we ever imagined. As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for explorations. Come along on a journey to explore what we already know and the mysteries we have yet to solve in Dark Universe, a new space show narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide. This show goes beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold. Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it, and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Recommended ages: 10 and above
 

A Hitchhiker’s Tour through the Universe

Louisiana Art & Science Museum's popular show Digital Universe has been updated and expanded with new digital imagery of some of the most breathtaking galaxies and nebulae, becoming A Hitchhiker’s Tour through the Universe. Go on a magic carpet ride through the night sky, from an up-close encounter of the planets of our solar system, through the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy, past galaxy clusters, and to the edge of our observable universe.
Recommended ages: 12 and above

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

The explorers and scientists in this digital program piece together archeological and genetic clues provided by their study of Egyptian mummies in order to reveal the mysterious world of the pharaohs. Through ambitious computer graphics and dramatic reconstruction, Mummies highlights one of the greatest finds in modern archeological history: the late 19th century discovery of a cache of 40 mummies, including 12 pharaohs, among them Rameses the Great. The movie is narrated by Christopher Lee.
Recommended ages: 7 and above

From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet
Begins June 30

Journey to the year 2132…Our story follows Carina, a young woman stationed on Mars, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Carina lives at Camp Viking, a fictional mars base at the landing site of Viking 1. Aidan is preparing for an internship at a Lunar base. Experience living on the red planet in a futuristic Mars colony. Ride a rover across the Martian surface. Children and adults alike will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.
Recommended ages: 5 and above

Solar Superstorms
Begins June 30

Travel into our sun’s tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma as it vents its rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system, known as coronal mass ejections. This show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun.
Recommended ages: 9 and above

Back to the Moon for Good
Begins June 30


In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The award-winning 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. To win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.
Recommended ages: 7 and up

Auditorium Interactive Programs
$3.50 per person, allow 45 minutes. 

These programs are interactive, instructor-led, multimedia presentations on topics that blend science, technology, and art.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Dr. Decibel, the museum's wacky professor, leads youngsters in an interactive exploration of the world of sound. Junior scientists will learn about the anatomy of the ear, experiment with unique musical instruments, and become familiar with key vocabulary terms relating to sound.
Recommended ages: 4–8

 

Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show

Kids will be eager to join Miss Trudy for stories, songs, and games sprinkled with humor and fun! They’ll meet her special puppet friends, Sheldon the Sheepdog and Frederick the Mouse, and learn about the seasons of the year and all the surprises found in Miss Trudy’s Trunk.
Recommended ages: 4–6

 

We Know NANO!

In this brand new Auditorium Interactive Program, key concepts in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology are presented in a fun, creative format that encourages audience participation. Students will explore the meaning and purpose of nanoscience, including the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology, nano innovations, and the impact of nanoscience on society and the future. This presenter-led, multimedia program includes unique activities that promote scientific literacy and make the study of nanoscience relevant and relatable for groups of 35-190 students per session.
Recommended ages: 9–14

 

 

Auditorium Films
$3.50 per person, allow 1 hour. Films are suitable for all ages.

Forces of Nature: Chasing After Mother Nature's Dark Side

National Geographic and Graphic Films deliver a project 10 years in the making—the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes brought to the big screen! Peering over the brink of erupting volcanoes or barreling toward angry funnel clouds, your group will be amazed by the colossal powers that shape our world.

 

Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West 

Relive America’s greatest tale of discovery and exploration as National Geographic brings to life the thrilling first crossing of what would become the United States.

 

Whales: An Unforgettable Journey

This stunningly beautiful film will take your group to some of the wildest deep-sea locations on earth to witness the sights, sounds, and survival of the world's largest mammal.

More information about this film is available at the official website of the large-format film Whales: An Unforgettable Journey.

 

 

Gallery Add-ons
$.50 each for individual galleries, allow 30 minutes.
Gallery Add-Ons must be booked in addition to a program above.

Art Gallery
Monuments & Metaphors: Art in Public Spaces 
Through June 28

Go behind-the-scenes to discover how many local public monuments came about, what stories they tell, and how they were made. While much art is produced solo, public art is carried out by a number of people in addition to artists, such as city planners, architects, and interior designers.
Preparatory drawings, studies, maquettes and photographs are included. This exhibition lends itself to project-Based Learning and lessons in math (scaling, ratios, proportion), English Language Arts (metaphors), history (social studies/local history), and art (drawing, model making, casting, building processes).
Recommended ages: 6 and above

 

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Oragami 
Starting July 11

A groundbreaking exhibition, Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami takes visitors on a journey across three continents and 15,000 years of cultural advancement. A captivating selection of 140 folded paper works made by 50 international artists explores the fascinating evolution of origami from craft to fine art and its stunning modern-day applications in the fields of mathematics, engineering, design, and the global peace movement. Presented in four sections: 1) History of Origami; 2)Animals and Angels: Representations of Real and Imagined Realms; 3) Angles and Abstractions: Geometric Forms and Conceptual Constructions; and 4) Inspirational Origami: Impact on Science, Industry, Fashion, and Beyond, Folding Paper takes a comprehensive look at this unique and innovative art form.
Recommended ages: 6 and above

 

Ancient Egypt Gallery

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum houses one of the few Egyptian tomb exhibits in the southern United States. Kids tour a re-creation of a Ptolemaic-era tomb, ca. 300 BC, that houses an authentic 2,300-year-old mummy. On view in the outer gallery is a collection of ancient artifacts, together with maps, interpretive materials related to ancient burial customs, and recent information about the mummy.
Recommended ages: 7 and above

 

Discovery Depot

This well-equipped educational play space for young visitors features toys and activities that focus on art and encourage creative play.
Recommended ages: 7 and under

 

Science Station

This interactive gallery features hands-on exhibits in physical science, life science, earth science, and mathematics. Youngsters explore the worlds of motion, sound, logic, light, and color with activities that engage them in the process of learning and discovery. Featuring new exhibits on nanotechnology, visitors can even experience creating their own nanotubes!
Recommended ages: 7 and above

 

Solar System

In the Solar System Gallery, on the first floor of the planetarium, campers can weigh themselves on the moon and planets, view images from the sun, meet four early astronomers, and marvel at the 40-foot orrery, among other education-packed exhibits. Along the back wall of the Solar System Gallery is a 28-foot-long, 4-foot-high photographic image of the Milky Way. The image contains over four million stars, nebulae, and star clusters. Using the interactive kiosk, kids will learn about and locate 12 different objects within the Milky Way. Adjacent to the gallery is the two-story Planet Tower, where they can compare sizes of the planets.
Recommended ages: 6 and above

 

 

The Museum Store

We encourage summer groups to visit The Museum Store to find a large assortment of interesting, educational items starting at just $1. A summer camper with $5 can find many items to choose from!

Allowing campers to shop gives them a chance to make independent decisions, helps teach the concept of budget management, and improves math and social skills! And sales profits from The Museum Store help maintain museum exhibits and fund future programs for your campers. We appreciate your support!