The Museum is open Wed–Mon from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Gladwin Planetarium

Saturdays & Sundays

Ongoing

Inside our theater, the stars are always out!

Our expert Astronomy Programs presenters are ready to answer your questions during interactive live presentations. Get to know the stars of Santa Barbara, the universe, and the wonders of space.

Planetarium shows are included with admission. Listen for the announcement on the speaker system in our exhibit halls inviting you to line up in front of Space Sciences 5–10 minutes in advance of each show. First come, first served.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no planetarium shows the weekend of April 23–24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday

  • 11:00 AM – The Night Sky for Little Dippers
    (recommended for families with young children, 15 minutes)

    This 15-minute presentation is designed for young audiences and features different topics at every show. Come back again and again with your little one to build up their enthusiasm and excitement for space!

  • Noon – Big Astronomy
    (recommended for ages 5 and up, 40 minutes)

    “Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries” explores three observatories located in Chile, at extreme and remote places. It gives examples of the multitude of STEM careers needed to keep great observatories working. This show is narrated by Barbara Rojas-Ayala, a Chilean astronomer.

  • 1:00 PM – Exploring the Spring Sky
    (recommended for ages 5 and up, 40 minutes)

    Join us for a tour of tonight’s night sky. We’ll learn about the constellations and planets visible in Santa Barbara tonight, along with any upcoming astronomy events like meteor showers, comets, or eclipses. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Solar System
    (recommended for ages 5 and up, 40 minutes)

    Let’s take a trip around our solar system. We’ll visit our sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and of course dwarf planets like Pluto. We’ll also learn about the most recent planetary discoveries from NASA and other space exploration programs. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 3:00 PM – Mysteries of the Universe
    (recommended for ages 8 and up, 40 minutes)

    This show is aimed at people who want to dive deeper into advanced astronomical topics. Show topics change from month to month and include subjects like the search for exoplanets, the Big Bang, the history of the universe, the search for extraterrestrial life, and distance and time in space. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

Sunday

  • 11:00 AM – The Night Sky for Little Dippers
    (recommended for families with young children, 15 minutes)

    This 15-minute presentation is designed for young audiences and features different topics at every show. Come back again and again with your little one to build up their enthusiasm and excitement for space!

  • 12:00 PM – Astronomía a Gran Escala
    (se recomienda para edades de 5 años y arriba, 40 minutos)

    “Astronomía a Gran Escala: Personas, Lugares, Descubrimientos” explora tres observatorios ubicados en Chile, en lugares extremos y remotos. Presenta ejemplos de las diversas carreras STEM que se necesitan para mantener a estos grandes observatorios en funcionamiento. El programa es narrado por Barbara Rojas-Ayala, una astrónoma chilena.

  • 1:00 PM – Exploring the Spring Sky
    (recommended for ages 5 and up, 40 minutes)

    Join us for a tour of tonight’s night sky. We’ll learn about the constellations and planets visible in Santa Barbara tonight, along with any upcoming astronomy events like meteor showers, comets, or eclipses. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Solar System
    (recommended for ages 5 and up, 40 minutes)

    Let’s take a trip around our solar system. We’ll visit our sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and of course dwarf planets like Pluto. We’ll also learn about the most recent planetary discoveries from NASA and other space exploration programs. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 3:00 PM – Mysteries of the Universe
    (recommended for ages 8 and up, 40 minutes)

    This show is aimed at people who want to dive deeper into advanced astronomical topics. Show topics change from month to month and include subjects like the search for exoplanets, the Big Bang, the history of the universe, the search for extraterrestrial life, and distance and time in space. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.