Buhl Planetarium Laser Shows
This is LIVE! Be dazzled with brilliant colors and rockin’ music at the Buhl Planetarium each day when our laserists choreograph sight-n-sound spectacles of full-dome proportions to your favorite music.
Due to the pandemic, for your safety and the safety of others, seating capacity is limited to approximately 25 visitors per show. Please be patient with our team as we are all experiencing this together and are doing our best to serve you and keep you safe.
Seats and armrests are sanitized between each show. As you plan your visit to the Science Center, please review the Reopening Plan and Guidelines and FAQ pages for information about timed ticketing, safety guidelines, and cleaning procedures.
Members $2 per show
Nonmembers $8 for one show; add a second laser show for just $5
Laser matinees are presented daily. Check our calendar for show times.
Groups of 15 or more receive a special discount to Laser Shows. Call 412.237.3400 for details.
Nearly 50 years later the British Invasion has landed in Pittsburgh once again! Take the epic journey and follow John, Paul, George, and Ringo all the way from Please Please Me’s “Twist and Shout” to Abbey Road’s “Octopus’ Garden”. Prudence, Lucy, and Sgt. Pepper will all be there too. This is a music affair you and the family won’t want to miss!
Laser Daft Punk
Get into the beat as we synergize Daft Punk’s sound with modern photons to create our own synthpop movement. With songs like “Around the World,” “Digital Love,” “One More Time,” and more, this is an exciting tribute to the iconic career of the costumed pair and the visual spectacle of their live shows.
Laser Galactic Odyssey
Take a musical journey of laser light! Blast off to your favorite interstellar tunes as we fly through space at the speed of light. Fun for all ages.
Freddie Mercury may be gone, but the Queen saga lives on! The rock will be loud, emotions high, and LASER light bright when we play all the sing-along hits: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and of course “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Laser Stranger Things
Take a trip to the upside-down in the safety of the dome! Experience the ’80s tunes and soundscapes from the show reinterpreted in vibrant laser light. (Eggos not included.)
About our system
The projection system features three high powered, solid state, laser projectors – each the size of a ream of paper pictured here – that deliver on-dome visuals and 3D atmospheric effects that fill the air above the audience. Each laser appears many, many times brighter than the old argon gas system. These projectors are built exclusively by Laser Fantasy International, a Seattle-based company.
The laser projection system is also “green.” The technology uses less electricity than the Science Center’s previous laser system and does not require flowing water to be cooled. The Science Center will save approximately 300,000 gallons of water per year and more than 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity – representing about 500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.