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.
Members: $6 per show
Nonmembers: $7 per show
Laser matinees are presented daily. Groups of 15 or more receive a special discount to Laser Shows. Call 412.237.3400 for details at least two weeks in advance to receive the discount.
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the show as the show begins promptly at the start time. To ensure a quality experience for our guests, we do not allow late entries.
Upcoming Laser Show Schedule:
Laser Michael Jackson
Wed., Sept. 6–30
Daily at 2 pm
Nov. 3–19 at 4 pm
Love the King of Pop? Don’t stop till you get enough… with our family-friendly Michael Jackson laser show. Rock with the late singer’s greatest hits including “ABC,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “PTY,” and more under the Buhl Planetarium dome filled with vibrant laser colors. Jackson’s timeless hits live on in laser light. Purchase tickets now; it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
Sept. 8–30 at 4 pm
Wed., Nov. 1–Wed., Nov. 22
Daily at 2 pm
This crazy little thing called Laser Queen will rock you with a dynamite show with laser beams! Take a seat under the Buhl Planetarium dome and watch Queen’s epic songs come to life choreographed to a fabulous laser light display. The set list includes “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We are the Champions,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love,” and more.
Laser Family Halloween
Sun., Oct. 1–Mon., Oct. 30
Daily at 2 pm
Beware viewers, you’re in for a ghoulish good time with the whole family! Get into the Halloween spirit with the Addams Family, Ghostbusters, and Beetlejuice. Do the Monster Mash and the Time Warp and enjoy eerie classics such as “Thriller” and “Superstition” under the lasers. Purchase tickets now… For no mere mortal can resist the spookiness of Laser Family Halloween!
Laser Taylor Swift
Sun., Oct. 15
Noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
Calling all “Exiles” and “Anti-Heroes!” The Laser Taylor Swift sets hits from all the singer’s eras to dazzling laser lights and special effects. The question is: “Are You Ready For It?” Warm up for the Eras Tour with us! If you didn’t score tickets to her concert, Laser Taylor Swift is the next best thing.
Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. With over 200 million records sold, a shelf full of Grammys, and an army of fans, Taylor Swift is an inspiration for generations.
Laser Rock Monsters | PG-13
Fridays–Sundays: Oct. 1–29 at 4 pm
We’re on the “Highway to Hell” this fall! Grow out a mullet and bang your head to Laser Rock Monsters. Celebrate a time when rock stars where larger than life, with the ear searing ’80s metal music combined with eye popping laser effects. Remember, if the laser show is too loud you are too old. Hit list includes “Crazy Train,” “Panama,” “Dream On,” and many more.
Laser Holiday Magic
Nov. 24–Jan. 1
Daily at 2 pm Fridays–Sundays:
Fri., Nov. 24–Sat., Dec. 30
Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with a festive laser celebration that’s perfect for the whole family. This show features traditional and contemporary versions of beloved holiday tunes. Sing along while vibrant animations and gorgeous abstracts dance above your heads! Be lifted away from the hustle and bustle and share this one-of-a-kind experience with loved ones.
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.