Planetarium Shows

in the Charles Hayden Planetarium

The Charles Hayden Planetarium is the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England.

Powered by superior full-dome video and audio systems and a state-of-the-art Zeiss Starmaster projector, this facility brilliantly showcases a variety of engaging shows, including the Museum's newest original production, Moons: Worlds of Mystery.

We also invite you to participate in seasonal Friday evening astronomy activities, which may include stargazing in the Museum's Gilliland Observatory on clear nights. Astronomy enthusiasts should also check out our monthly sky chart and viewing guide (PDF).

For all audiences

  • Explore: The Universe

    Leave the Earth behind and take off with a Planetarium educator as your star pilot.

  • Magic Tree House: Space Mission

    Prompted by a mysterious note left in their tree house, brother-and-sister duo Jack and Annie embark on a wondrous journey of adventure.

  • We Are Aliens!

    This new Planetarium show explores how our understanding of life on Earth guides the search for alien life elsewhere in the universe.

  • Wonders of the Night Sky

    A live presenter takes you on a journey through the celestial sights of the summer — from stars and constellations to planets and nebulae.

Laser Shows

  • Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

    Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon creates a mind-bending landscape of light and sound set to Pink Floyd's 1973 masterpiece.

  • Laser Michael Jackson

    Listen (and watch!) as MJ's timeless hits live on at the Planetarium. Join the fun, tap your feet, and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"!

  • Laser Zeppelin

    Dazzling visual effects bring to life ’70s classics such as "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," and other timeless Led Zeppelin songs!

Available only to schools as part of a Museum field trip

  • Explore the Galaxy

    This offering is available only to schools as part of a Museum field trip.

    Travel through the solar system and beyond in a tour of our stellar neighborhood.

  • Explore the Solar System

    This offering is available only to schools as part of a Museum field trip.

    Explore our beautiful solar system and its thousands of varied worlds that are changing the way we view our neighborhood in space.