Shows

Planetarium: Life: A Cosmic Story

12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

How did life on Earth begin? Find out on this journey through time. Witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. See the first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce and entire worlds take shape. On a young Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented - one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial hot puddle on a volcanic island.

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Planetarium: Exploring New Horizons

1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Starting from ancient times, learn about the history of planetary discovery, especially that of Pluto, and how it has led to an amazing mission to explore the Kuiper Belt. Explore the New Horizons spacecraft, its mission to dwarf planet Pluto, and how the scientific method applies to our understanding of the solar system.

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Planetarium: Supervolcanoes

2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Travel back in time and experience the massive volcanic eruptions that shaped the Earth and solar system. Journey to Yellowstone National Park, Neptune's moon Triton, and Jupiter's moon Io, to witness historic eruptions.

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Planetarium: The Hot and Energetic Universe

3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Telescopes and observatories, both on and above the Earth, are the vehicles that allow humanity to peer into the universe. In this show we discover how these tools probe hot gas in galaxies, reveal the dynamics of supermassive black holes, and visualize high energy radiation to provide important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants, and stars like our sun. Join us on this journey to uncover the secrets of our hot and energetic universe.

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Planetarium: Seven Wonders

4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Turn back the pages of time and witness the seven ancient wonders of the world. Travel to Egypt to visit the Great Pyramids and to Greece to tour the Temple of Zeus. Then embark on a journey through space to see the universe's greatest wonders.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons in the Planetarium

10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays

Watch Saturday morning cartoons that explore art, history and science at the Thomas Planetarium. These immersive, full-dome shows change monthly. $4 to $6 plus museum admission. Tickets available online at anchoragemuseum.org.

Planetarium: Leo & Art

10:30 a.m. Saturday

Leo's bored and doesn't want to do his homework... until he magically falls into his textbook. His travels through art history introduce him to cave paintings, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and more. Through digitally animated wooden puppets, this planetarium show entertains children and awakens their interest in art and science.

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Planetarium: Flight Adventures

11:30 a.m. Saturday

This multi-media show from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight. The show features NASA's research and advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that engineering models have played in flight development.

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Planetarium: River of Bears

3:30 p.m. Daily

Observe Alaska’s iconic brown bears as they nurture cubs, fish for salmon and play in their natural environment. This immersive, fulldome planetarium show planets viewers in the middle of the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, where more than 100 brown bears congregate each summer to bulk up for the harsh winter. Learn how the bear’s remarkable intelligence and instincts help them survive in the Alaska wilderness.

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Planetarium: Living in the Age of Airplanes

4:30 p.m. Daily

Watch a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across seven continents, Living in the Age of Airplanes renews appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world. The film is produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), narrated by Harrison Ford, and features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer James Horner. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016

10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Every year the Royal Observatory Greenwich runs an international competition called the Astronomy Photographer of the Year (APY). Sit back and watch as images from the 2016 competition fill the planetarium dome sparking imagination and interest in astronomy and photography. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Global Soundscapes

11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Experience an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the exciting new field of soundscape ecology. Experience basic acoustics through fun interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords and raspberries. Learn how animal sounds occupy unique sonic niches in lush, orchestral soundscapes. Discover how soundscape ecology can be used to assess the biodiversity and health of global ecosystems. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Above Alaska

12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

See Alaska’s magnificent aurora borealis without the frostbite. Travel to Alaska’s remote forests and mountains to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k full-dome format, the presentation features some of the best Aurora displays shot from locations across the state during the past two years. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Totality

1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

From lunar to total solar, this show is all about eclipses. Look back at how eclipses helped prove the theory of general relativity, and look forward to upcoming eclipses and where to see them. Witness what happens when caught in the shadow of the moon and the sun plunges into a total solar eclipse. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Above Alaska

2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

See Alaska’s magnificent aurora borealis without the frostbite. Travel to Alaska’s remote forests and mountains to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k full-dome format, the presentation features some of the best Aurora displays shot from locations across the state during the past two years. $6 plus museum admission.

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Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12

Immerse yourself in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This new full-dome music and light show expands on the classic album through captivating HD graphics. Not a typical laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Please enter through the south entrance (7th Ave. between A St. and C St.). $10 per person/$8 members.

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Planetarium: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016

10:30 a.m. Daily

Every year the Royal Observatory Greenwich runs an international competition called the Astronomy Photographer of the Year (APY). Sit back and watch as images from the 2016 competition fill the planetarium dome sparking imagination and interest in astronomy and photography. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Global Soundscapes

11:30 a.m. Daily

Experience an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the exciting new field of soundscape ecology. Experience basic acoustics through fun interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords and raspberries. Learn how animal sounds occupy unique sonic niches in lush, orchestral soundscapes. Discover how soundscape ecology can be used to assess the biodiversity and health of global ecosystems. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Above Alaska

12:30 p.m. Daily

See Alaska’s magnificent aurora borealis without the frostbite. Travel to Alaska’s remote forests and mountains to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k full-dome format, the presentation features some of the best Aurora displays shot from locations across the state during the past two years. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Totality

1:30 p.m. Daily

From lunar to total solar, this show is all about eclipses. Look back at how eclipses helped prove the theory of general relativity, and look forward to upcoming eclipses and where to see them. Witness what happens when caught in the shadow of the moon and the sun plunges into a total solar eclipse. $6 plus museum admission.

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Planetarium: Above Alaska

2:30 p.m. Daily

See Alaska’s magnificent aurora borealis without the frostbite. Travel to Alaska’s remote forests and mountains to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k full-dome format, the presentation features some of the best Aurora displays shot from locations across the state during the past two years. $6 plus museum admission.

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Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26

Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song and Ramble On. This immersive experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen in concert with a state-of-the-art sound system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Please enter through the south entrance (7th Ave. between A St. and C St.). $10 per person/$8 members.

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Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jun. 9

Immerse yourself in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This new full-dome music and light show expands on the classic album through captivating HD graphics. Not a typical laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Please enter through the south entrance (7th Ave. between A St. and C St.). $10 per person/$8 members.

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Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jun. 16

Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song and Ramble On. This immersive experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen in concert with a state-of-the-art sound system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Please enter through the south entrance (7th Ave. between A St. and C St.). $10 per person/$8 members.

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Pink Floyd: The Wall

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jun. 23

Lose yourself in Pink Floyd’s masterpiece The Wall. This full-dome music and light show interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Please enter through the south entrance (7th Ave. between A St. and C St.). $10 per person/$8 members.

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Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jun. 30

Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song and Ramble On. This immersive experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen in concert with a state-of-the-art sound system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Please enter through the south entrance (7th Ave. between A St. and C St.). $10 per person/$8 members.

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