The Thomas Planetarium is closed in response to COVID-19
Buy tickets at the front desk, planetarium kiosk (15 minutes before the show starts), or online. Prices do not include museum general admission: You must purchase a museum general admission ticket in addition to your planetarium ticket unless you are a museum member, or it is specified in the planetarium program (i.e. Stargazing). Seating is limited, so it’s recommended that visitors purchase tickets in advance. Planetarium doors open 15 minutes before the start of the show close promptly, so please arrive early.
Planetarium show tickets vary. Museum members receive a 10% discount on planetarium tickets.
The planetarium has 38 seats and is handicap accessible.
The planetarium is currently offering several virtual field trips for educators.
History of THE Planetarium
The Thomas Planetarium was made possible through a generous contribution from Lowell and Tay Thomas.
Born in London in 1923, Lowell Thomas, Jr. was raised on a farm in New York. Like his world-famous father, he had a career as an author and film producer. An Air Force pilot during World War II, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1948. He married Mary Taylor (Tay) Pryor, and they moved to Alaska in 1960 with their children, Anne and David.
Tay served two terms on the Anchorage School Board and was the author of An Angel on His Wing (1989), Only in Alaska (1969), and several other books. Lowell served eight years in the Alaska State Senate in the early 1970s, then as Lieutenant Governor from 1974 to 1978 with Governor Jay Hammond. He retired from a career as a mountain and glacier pilot and owner of Talkeetna Air Taxi in the mid-1990s, after flying mountain climbers and sightseers throughout the Alaska Range.
“Given recent space discoveries, it is now even more important for young people to have the chance to learn about astronomy and space.” Lowell Thomas, Jr.
The Thomas Planetarium features a state-of-the-art Digitarium Lambda Plus Fixed model digital planetarium system manufactured by Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. Our Digitarium system generates immersive images on the interior surface of a 180-degree dome that’s 24 feet in diameter.