Experience one of the largest planetariums in North Carolina!

The Schiele Museum’s James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater is home to an immersive experience unlike anything else in the area and is a “must-see” attraction during a visit to the museum.

Visit our online calendar of events for information on the shows that are playing on the day of your visit. 

Planetarium tickets are available at the admissions desk or online. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Schiele members can use their complimentary passes by contacting the Admissions Desk to reserve seats (704-866-6900), or by reserving tickets upon arrival at the museum.

Featuring a fully digital projection system that surrounds the audience with a domed, 360-degree screen, the James H. Lynn Planetarium can do more than simply recreate the night sky. Become immersed in every show as we surround you with the wonders of the universe – on Earth and beyond! More than just a place for space, our Science Theater’s unique environment has featured programs in every discipline – from history to biology – and has hosted world-renowned musical acts, astronaut lectures, and even weddings.

Pardon our progress! The planetarium will be closed for several weeks in May, 2024 for construction. It will re-open in June with updated seating and a fresh new look.

Planetarium Schedule

Programs rotate on a monthly basis. All programs are subject to change. While we make every effort to present the shows as listed on our website and in our activities calendar, we may need to substitute shows. Visit our online calendar of events to see current showtimes for the day of your visit.

Ticket Information

Tickets for planetarium programs are $5 per person unless otherwise stated (children 3 and younger are admitted free.) Schiele members can use their complimentary planetarium tickets by contacting the Admissions Desk at 704-866-6900 or reserving seats when they arrive.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable. Due to the planetarium’s dark environment, late admission or readmission once a program begins is not permitted.

Group Rates & Field Trips

The planetarium is an excellent activity for groups. Get more information about group visits.