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Red, white, and purple lasers fanning out from the bottom middle of the picture

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.

Filming and live streaming laser shows is prohibited.

Upcoming Laser Show Schedule:

Laser Galactic Odyssey

Laser Galactic Odyssey

Jan. 3–April 1
Daily at 2 pm

Experience the most dynamic entertainment the galaxy has to offer through lasers and music. Blast off to your favorite interstellar tunes as we fly through space at the speed of light! Fun for all ages.

Laser Beatles

Laser Beatles

Weekends at 4 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!


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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