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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.

Shows indicated in Red play through June 29, shows indicated in Blue begin July 1

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


Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Through June 29

Enjoy the dynamic adventure of two young children who turn a discarded cardboard box into a rocket and, after assembling all their supplies, blast off on an adventure to the most amazing places in the solar system. Join them and their talking astronomy book as they tour the solar system and learn about what makes each planet unique and why Earth is such a special place on which to live. This show, featuring spectacular sound effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, is great for all ages
Recommended ages: 3 and above


From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet
Begins July 1

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


Chaos and Order
Through June 29

This innovative new show captivates audiences by taking them on a journey into a fascinating world of ever-evolving, colorful simulations and symphonic electronic music. Sit back and experience the fundamental connection between reality and mathematics as science and art are fused together in this immersive celebration of the one language of our universe.
Recommended ages: 7 and above


Dinosaurs at Dusk
Begins July 1

It's a learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. You'll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out, they experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs. Science content topics include: continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species
Recommended ages: 7 and above


Super Volcanoes

Super Volcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at some of the most explosive and historic eruptions on planet Earth, including the legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Recommended ages: 7 and above


The Gravity Factor

In the future we may colonize other planets to establish science outposts and mine resources. What would the colonists do for fun? Experience zip lining on scorched Mercury, bungee jumping into outer space from an asteroid, ballooning in the atmosphere of Venus, hang gliding over the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, driving a monster truck along a lunar crater wall, and rappelling into the Valles Marineris. Winter sports go extreme when we spelunk in an ice cave on Europa, jet-pack in geyser spray on Triton, and snowmobile on Pluto. We can experience these off-world adventures now while we wait for the future to arrive.
Recommended ages: 8 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


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, LASM’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
The River Inside: A Photographic Journey by John Guider
Through June 29

Documenting his amazing journey down five rivers, including the Mississippi, Guider kept a journal and took hundreds of remarkable photographs. After returning home, he devoted a year to learning the artistic discipline of an almost forgotten printing process - the platinum print. In addition to photographic prints, the exhibition includes Guider’s canoe, artifacts from his trip, detailed journal entries, and geographic maps detailing the waterways he traveled. Organized by the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, and presented in conjunction with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Recommended ages: 6 and above


American Brilliant Period Cut Glass: A Silver LIning 
Starting July 5

Cut glass is decorated entirely by hand with the use of rotating wheels. From 1865 to 1925, American craftsmen capitalized on new glass technology and novel electric-powered tools to carry out imaginative designs that took optimum advantage of the crystal’s reflective surfaces. Also, in the upper gallery, The Art & Science of Shells: Photographs by Herman Mhire. Recommended ages: 6 and above


Ancient Egypt Gallery

LASM 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 LASM 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 at LASM

LASM encourages summer groups to visit The Museum Store at LASM 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!