Now Showing in the JLP


Solar Eclipse Weekend Special Planetarium Show Times:

Saturday, August 19 in the Planetarium: Totality at 11 AM, 1 PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM

Sunday, August 20 in the Planetarium: Totality at 1 PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM

Monday, August 21 in the Planetarium: Totality at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM


   *No planetarium shows will be available for public viewing on August 30 & 31 due to a museum event. Planetarium will reopen to the public on September 1*

Now Showing in the JLP 

Tickets: $5 for all visitors, plus museum admission.  Children 3 and younger admitted free.

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, equipment issues may prevent their presentation, and we may be forced to substitute shows. If you're planning to see a certain show, we recommend that you call our Reception Desk at 704.866.6908 to confirm presentation status. We apologize in advance for any problems our substitution policy may present.


Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Monday – Friday 11 AM, 2 & 4 PM
Saturday 11 AM & 2 PM
Sunday 2 PM
65 million years ago the last of the non-avian dinosaurs vanished from the fossil record. Scientists have discovered evidence that an impact from an extra-terrestrial object occurred at this same time. Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs?


Daily at 1 & 3 PM
Enjoy a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, when one celestial object blocks the view of another. Discover what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. This program focuses on total solar eclipses, a perfect lead-in to our approaching solar eclipse on August 21.


Summer Sky Shows
Saturdays & Sundays 4 PM
Enjoy two great mini programs in the science theater. First, explore the constellations of summer in a seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky. Then, encounter the beautiful Northern Lights in a presentation of Aurora Storms.