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Buhl Planetarium Laser Shows

Buhl Planetarium is open!

Even though we had to open with temporary seating, the team couldn’t wait to show you the new technology that has re-established the Planetarium as one of the most advanced in the nation!

As a sign of the times, the new, more accessible, and comfortable, seats are delayed due to global supply issues. Capacity is limited and seating is first-come, first-served. Be sure that your entire party is in the line so they can be counted before we open the doors. Thank you for your support.

Planetarium showtimes are posted on the calendar.



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 $2 per show
Nonmembers $8 for one show; or $5 as an add-on to General Admission (discounted price reflected at checkout when bundled with an online General Admission ticket)

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 Beatles

Laser Beatles

Showing now through May 31!
Mon.–Sun., 2:00 pm

Nearly 50 years later the British Invasion has landed in Pittsburgh once again! Take the epic journey and follow George, Paul, John, 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 Queen

Laser Queen

Wed., June 1 – Mon., Sept. 5
Mon.–Sun., 2:00 pm

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”.

Best of Laser Floyd

Best of Laser Floyd

Wed., June 1 – Mon., Sept. 5
Mon.–Sun., 4:00 pm

Experience Pink Floyd in a show as vibrant and diverse as their entire discography. Featuring selections from many of their hit albums including Wish You Were Here, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Wall, and Dark Side of the Moon. This Pink Floyd laser show captures the many flavors of Pink Floyd and displays them in a rich and engrossing feast for the eyes and the ears, sure to leave any Floyd fan satisfied!


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.

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