Samuel Oschin Planetarium


With its spectacular Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the 285-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater is the finest planetarium in the world.

VISITOR NOTICE: Children under 5 are admitted ONLY to the first show each day (12:45 p.m. on weekdays, 10:45 a.m. on weekends). For more information, click here.


SHOWS: We currently offer four exciting live shows.

The re-opening show - Centered in the Universe - takes visitors on a journey of cosmic exploration and discovery.

Our second program - Water Is Life - leads viewers on a search for water - and possibly life - beyond Earth.

Our 75th anniversary show - Light of the Valkyries - reveals the wonders of the northern lights.

Our newest show - Time's Up - examines the fundamental nature of time, from the Big Bang to the ultimate future of the cosmos.

For more detailed show descriptions and show times, click here.


SHOW SCHEDULE: Live presentations of these programs are scheduled every 60 to 90 minutes each day the Observatory is open.
  • Eight shows are offered each weekday (Tuesday - Friday), with the first show at 12:45 p.m. and the last show at 8:45 p.m.
  • Ten shows are offered each weekend day (Saturday-Sunday), with the first show at 10:45 a.m. and the last show at 8:45 p.m.
  • Children under 5 are admitted ONLY to the first show each day (12:45 p.m. on weekdays, 10:45 a.m. on weekends).


  • BUYING TICKETS: Show tickets may be purchased ONLY at the Observatory, only for that day's shows. Tickets are available at the main ticket counter inside or at automated ticket machines around the building. No advance purchases or phone transactions are possible at any time. Tickets may be purchased with either cash or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and Discover). For more information on when, where, and how to buy tickets, click here.

    Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO): As a benefit of membership, FOTO members may reserve show tickets in advance. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

    TICKET PRICES: Ticket prices range from $3.00 to $7.00 depending on whether you are an adult, senior, student, child, or FOTO member. For detailed ticket pricing, click here.

    TICKETS AND SEATING: Tickets for each show are sold until 10 minutes before the listed start time of that show, unless tickets have been sold out prior to that time. Once you have purchased planetarium tickets, there will be NO refunds (unless the show is canceled). You must be in line for your show at least 10 minutes before the show time printed on your ticket. There will be building announcements as a reminder, but you are ultimately responsible for being on time. There will be absolutely no late admission to the theater. Once the doors have closed, the show is underway and must not be interrupted. If you must leave the theater during the show, you cannot be readmitted.

    PROPER BEHAVIOR: All programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium are conducted by a live presenter in near-total darkness. The environment of the planetarium theater is specifically crafted to enable maximum visitor enjoyment of the show. As such, all visitors in the planetarium should refrain from any activities that would be disruptive to those around them (or to the presenter). Such activities include talking, yelling, making distracting noises, standing up, or using cell phones or other devices. We reserve the right to remove disruptive patrons from the theater at any time.

    OTHER: Hearing assist receivers are available upon request. With 72-hour advance notice, we can also make provision for sign-language interpretation.


    Centered in the Universe

    Centered in the Universe asks fundamental questions about our place in the Universe. Who are we? Where did we come from? Why is the world the way it is? Stunning full-dome video transports us back in time, from the Library of Alexandria, to Galileo’s courtyard, to the world’s most powerful telescopes in a quest for answers among the stars. Travel through time and space back to the big bang and through a universe filled with galaxies to find our cosmic origins and discover our true place in the cosmos.

    Show Times:  
    Tuesday - Friday: 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.
    Closed Monday

    Water Is Life

    Water Is Life takes visitors on a journey through the solar system in search of water. On Earth, water is the key to life. If we find water on other worlds in the solar system, could we find life there, too? Blast off to Mars, crash through the ice of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and travel alongside a comet in a search for habitable worlds beyond Earth. Originally conceived and developed for Griffith Observatory’s school field trip program, Water is Life is an ideal family program that will appeal to even our youngest visitors.

    Show Times:  
    Tuesday - Friday:

    12:45 p.m.

    Saturday-Sunday: 10:45 a.m.
    Closed Monday

    Light of the Valkyries

    Light of the Valkyries takes us on a voyage of Viking cosmology and explores the true nature of the aurora borealis - the northern lights. The Vikings believed the northern lights were valkyries, warrior spirits who descended from heaven to take fallen heroes from the battlefield to Valhalla, the palace of the gods. Explore the source of the northern lights (the Sun), and thrill to a cosmic light show set to one of the most iconic pieces of music of all time, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

    Show Times:  
    Tuesday - Friday:

    4:15 p.m.

    Saturday-Sunday: 3:15 p.m.
    Closed Monday

    Time's Up

    Each moment of each day, we are immersed in the flow of time, a one-way journey of cause and effect. But what does that really mean? Time's Up explores the real nature of time and how it shapes the universe. With someone always telling us the world is about to end, now is the time to examine what it all means.

    Show Times:  
    Tuesday - Friday:

    6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

    Saturday-Sunday: 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.
    Closed Monday


    How to Buy Tickets

    Show tickets may be purchased ONLY at the Observatory, only for that day's shows. Tickets are available at the Ticket Counter inside the W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda or at the automated ticket machines around the building.

    Members of Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) - as a benefit of membership - may reserve show tickets in advance. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

    Tickets are sold in blocks of 2 to 3 shows at a time during the course of each day, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are ONLY available for the shows within the block on sale. No advance purchases or phone transactions are possible at any time. While there is no way to ensure the ability to purchase a ticket, visiting on weekdays will improve your chances.

    WEEKDAYS (Tuesday - Friday)   WEEKENDS (Saturday - Sunday)
    Showtime On Sale   Showtime On Sale
    12:45 p.m. 12:00 noon   10:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
    1:45 p.m. 12:00 noon   11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
    2:45 p.m. 12:00 noon   12:45 p.m. 10:00 a.m.
    4:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.   2:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
    5:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.   3:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
    6:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.   4:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
    7:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m.   5:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
    8:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m.   6:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
          7:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
          8:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

    Tickets for each show are sold until 10 minutes before the start of that show, unless tickets have been sold out prior to that time. For example, tickets for the 1:45 p.m. planetarium show will be taken off sale at 1:35 p.m.

    Management reserves the right to limit the number of tickets sold in a single transaction.

    FORMS OF PAYMENT: The Observatory accepts credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and Discover only) or cash in payment for show tickets. We regret we are unable to accept personal, corporate, or organization checks (including those from public institutions).

    Once you have purchased planetarium tickets, there will be NO refunds (unless the show is canceled).


    Ticket Prices

    Tickets for shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium are priced as follows:

    Adults and Children 13 years and older $7.00
    FOTO Members $5.00
    Seniors (60 years and older) $5.00
    Students (must show ID) $5.00
    Children 5-12 years $3.00
    Small Children [under 5 years old]
    (Small children must sit on the lap of a parent or guardian)
    FREE

    The shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium are not appropriate for children under five years of age. The content, visuals, and sound of the planetarium programs are likely to be disorienting and/or disturbing for such children. To ensure a satisfying experience for all our visitors, children under 5 years old will ONLY be admitted to the following shows each day:

    Tuesday through Friday: 12:45 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 10:45 a.m.

    Children under five will be admitted free of charge to these shows, but they MUST sit on the lap of a parent or guardian.


    Once You Have Your Ticket

    Please make sure you are in line for your show at least 10 minutes before the show time printed on your ticket. There will be building announcements as a reminder before each show, but you are ultimately responsible for being on time.

    There will be absolutely no late admission to the theater. Once the doors have closed, the show is underway and must not be interrupted. If you must leave the theater during the show, you cannot be readmitted.

    Hearing assist receivers are available upon request. With 72-hour advance notice, we can also make provision for sign-language interpretation.


    For More Information

    If you have other questions about seeing the program in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, please call the Observatory's General Information Line at:
    1-213-473-0800 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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