shopping cart

Guests wearing protective masks enjoying Buhl Planetarium
Take a Seat Under the
Stars Campaign

Full List of Buhl Planetarium Shows

Fly to the Moon, soar to Saturn, gaze at the stars, and traverse distant galaxies without leaving Pittsburgh! Buhl Planetarium offers a variety of planetarium shows designed to delight, educate, and inspire visitors of all ages! Check our calendar for show times.

Planetarium astronomy shows are free to members and are included in general admission. 

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.

IBEX: Search for the Edge of
the Solar System

IBEX satellite

Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary.

Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft. Audiences will additionally get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.

Space Volcanoes

Mount Vesuvius

Travel from Pompeii to Pluto in a planetarium tour of volcanoes on Earth and in space! Celebrate the festival of Vulcan’s forge in the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii. When in Rome, explore the planets in the night sky on the eve of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius – then voyage to different planets to see how their volcanoes compare! Explore the mighty mountains of Mars and Venus, and even visit the ice volcanoes of Enceladus and Pluto!

NEW! Big Astronomy

Explore the world-class observatories nestled in northern Chile’s mountains and learn why Chile, with its beautiful mountain ranges and clear, cloudless skies, create an ideal environment for studying the cosmos. It takes many people with diverse backgrounds, talents, and skills to run a world-class observatory. Meet a few of these people as they share the wonder of the sky–and the excitement of discovery.

Storytime Under the Stars

Early learners and their grown-ups are invited to enjoy science-themed stories under a starry sky! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stars and the storytelling, under a bright and beaming Moon in our planetarium.

Storytime Under the Stars is a 15-minute program for early learners and their grown-ups.

Expedition: Solar System

Solar System

Content Themes: Astronomy, Robotics
Join Quasi the Robot, your loveable robot sidekick, on a theatric adventure through the Solar System! Travel to the International Space Station, the canyons and mountains of Mars, the rings of Saturn, and even the heart of Pluto! Meet the fleet of NASA robots expanding our knowledge!
Grades: 1–4

Stars Over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh skyline at night

Content themes: Celestial Patterns, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies, Regional Science
Take a guided tour through the current night sky in this live presentation. Students will learn how to locate the planets and constellations in their own back yard, as well as the phases of the Moon.
Grades: 3–12

Presented by:

PPG logo

 

Beginners’ Guide to the Universe

Colorful nebula and stars

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Go on a tour of the universe without leaving Pittsburgh! A live presenter will be your guide as you travel beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy to the farthest reaches of our cosmos.
Grades: 5–12

For group bookings, add a planetarium show to your package for just $2 per person! Shows can be booked for visits Monday through Friday. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.