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Planetarium Shows

The Abbitt Planetarium is open for PUBLIC SHOWS on select days.  

NOTE:  General Admission is required.  Planetarium ticket can be reserved as an add on.

Cost: VLM members FREE (but must reserve seat), non-members $6 with general admission

Groups up to 40 people may reserve tickets in regularly scheduled shows.  PRIVATE SHOWS must be reserved for groups of 41 to 71 guests.  For a list of available shows for private groups, please visit the Group Planetarium Shows page here.

Daily tickets can be purchased at the front desk or through the website using the links below. For questions on group Planetarium shows please call the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.  Large groups are encouraged to book their tickets in advance, as seating for regularly scheduled shows is limited.  Private planetarium shows must be booked at least 7 days in advance.

List of Scheduled Shows

Planetarium shows will occur Friday – Sunday at 12:30pm and 1:30pm unless otherwise stated.

When choosing a showtime, please click one of the below links and navigate to the selected time area of the page, then click Other times: to reveal other ticket options. Clicking on the intended time will allow you to reserve tickets for that show time.

Dates  Planetarium Program
Sept. 9-18 Virginia Skies (12:30pm) Big Bug Skies (1:30pm)
Sept. 23 – Nov. 20 Virginia Skies (12:30pm) Virginia Skies (1:30pm)


Description of Shows

Virginia Skies

starsExplore the evening skies above Virginia in this classic planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will discuss seasonal constellations as well as any planets visible. Additional topics may be explored depending on celestial happenings around the time of your visit.

Big Bug Skies

Join us in the planetarium as one of our staff astronomers goes on a ramble through the stars, looking for pollinators and their pals!  You’ll even have the chance to add your own bug constellation to the sky.
Recommended for all ages.


Special Thanks to the British Fulldome Institute for the use of planetarium shows and clips.