As an exclusive benefit of membership, Griffith Observatory Foundation members may reserve Samuel Oschin Planetarium show tickets in advance!
To reserve now, complete the reservation request form at least 72 hours in advance of your requested show time. Space permitting, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions for complimentary parking and ticket pick up and payment on the day of your show.
We tell stories about the sky. We’ve been at it for over 85 years, but the tradition goes back thousands of years when people would gather around a fire and try to make sense of what they saw. Our shows are all stories that address the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Why does the universe look the way it does? All of the technology of the Samuel Oschin Planetarium is in service of telling these stories as effectively and impactfully as possible. We want viewers to ponder, to wonder, and to be inspired. Who better to tell a story than a person? Unlike most other planetaria, Griffith Observatory continues a long tradition of presenting exclusively live planetarium programs with a presenter who can connect with audiences and convey astronomical knowledge with enthusiasm and passion.
Imported from Germany, the Zeiss Universarium Mark IX star projector uses fiber-optic technology to deliver the most accurate and awe-inspiring planetarium dome full of stars anywhere. The computerized system offers visitors a detailed view of the night sky filled with thousands of stars and can be oriented to show what the sky looked like at any moment in human history. Griffith Observatory’s scientific team was able to negotiate a fundamental improvement to the standard star field and worked closely with Zeiss engineers to create an unprecedented night sky of remarkable accuracy. Zeiss is so proud of the outcome, they incorporated these refinements into subsequent projectors.
The Samuel Oschin Planetarium was one of the first to make use of the remarkable ‘seamless’ dome construction technology developed by Spitz, Inc., and demonstrated at the Soaring Over California attraction at Disney’s California Adventure. Though the dome is constructed of separate aluminum panels, the seams between the panels are designed to disappear with proper lighting. Tiny perforations across the dome enable audio speakers, ventilation ducts, and other equipment to be located above and around the outside of the dome, leaving the interior uncluttered. Properly lit, the dome seems infinite to the entering visitor, creating a uniquely immersive experience and a true-to-life re-creation of a remote, luminous, and pristine sky.