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

Gladwin Planetarium

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.

There's more beyond the planetarium: check out all our Astronomy Programs.

Fall Planetarium Shows

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!– Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors – Oh My! (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)

  • Noon – From Earth to the Universe
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    From Earth to the Universe takes the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the universe.

  • 1:00 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.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Fall 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.

  • 3:00 PM – Cosmic Webb: The Universe as Never Seen Before
    (recommended for ages 8 and up; 40 minutes)
    The James Webb Space Telescope is expanding our understanding of the universe as it captures breathtaking new views of the cosmos. Learn why JWST is showing us more than ever before, and take an in-depth look at the latest image releases with our astronomy experts. 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!

  • Noon – From Earth to the Universe
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    From Earth to the Universe takes the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the universe.

  • 1:00 PM – Explorando el Sistema Solar
    (se recomienda para edades de 5 años y arriba; 40 minutos)
    Hagamos un viaje alrededor de nuestro sistema solar. Visitaremos nuestro sol, los planetas y sus lunas, asteroides, cometas y, por supuesto, planetas enanos como Plutón. También aprenderemos sobre los descubrimientos planetarios más recientes de la NASA y otros programas de exploración espacial. Esta presentación incluye preguntas y respuestas en vivo con la presentadora.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Fall 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.

    3:00 PM – Cosmic Webb: The Universe as Never Seen Before
    (recommended for ages 8 and up; 40 minutes)
    The James Webb Space Telescope is expanding our understanding of the universe as it captures breathtaking new views of the cosmos. Learn why JWST is showing us more than ever before, and take an in-depth look at the latest image releases with our astronomy experts. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.