Welcome to one of the largest, most technologically advanced planetariums in the United States. In 1997, the Planetarium opened its doors and over two million guests have visited. Arizona Science Center's Dorrance Planetarium features a NanoSeam design. The dome is the world's first of its kind at a science center or museum. 

Shows subject to change without notice.  


When should you visit?  Weekdays after 1 p.m. are typically quieter, as we proudly host field trips many weekday mornings.

Generously supported by Dorrance Family Foundation and Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust. 


Lasers and Liquor Shows - Bigger...Brighter...Bolder! 

Experience our NEW state-of-the-art laser system with 14 mind-blowing special effects at our Lasers & Liquor nights! Sit back, look up and rock out! NEW this year, listen to music from Queen, Beyoncé, Beastie Boys and AC/DC while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dorrance Planetarium dome.

The Dorrance Planetarium in Phoenix, Arizona is the second planetarium in the world to have this laser system which has the largest variety of laser special effects.

For more details and tickets, click here.

 

What's Playing?

Click on any of the date tabs below to see what's playing that day. 

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

  • 10:30 AM
  • 2:30 PM

A unique planetarium show intertwining science and mythology, transporting the viewer on a poetic journey describing the way Mayans viewed and understood the Universe.

The feast of colours and sounds makes for an artistic interpretation of the Universe that will not easily be forgotten. Stunning 360° visuals create the impression of being inside a beautiful stylised painting.

The film includes a tour of six Mayan temples: San GervasioChichen ItzáUxmalEdznáPalenque and Bonampak. The importance of the orientation of the temples in relation to the movements of the Sun, Moon and Venus is vividly depicted.

Tickets available at the door. 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2:30 P.M. show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

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Grand Tour of the Solar System

  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM

From Mars to Pluto, Dorrance Planetarium's Grand Tour of the Solar System takes you on a voyage through our spectacular solar system. In this cosmic presentation, you will visit each planet, explore, and compare their features. Discover what's out there in this unique and immersive experience under the dome with us today! 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

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Solar Superstorms

  • 12:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

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Symphony of the Stars Laser Show

  • 4:30 PM

From the Lion King's Circle of Life and Jurassic Park's iconic theme to the heart-stopping Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back, listen to blockbuster film scores, Broadway show tunes, and television show favorites all while being dazzled by the multicolored, state-of-the-art laser light show on the Dorrance Planetarium dome. Perfect for the entire family. 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

Songlist: 
Overture from Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back - John Williams and the Boston Pops
Circle of Life from The Lion King - Carmen Twillie
Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins - Dick Van Dyke
My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews
Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz - Judy Garland
Theme from Jurassic Park - John Williams
Harlem Nocturne from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer - Lounge Lizards
Theme form Beetlejuice - Danny Elfman
Theme from New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Powerhouse from Honey I Shrunk the Kinds - Sid Bass

Encore:
Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan - Wynton Marsalis
William Tell Overture from The Lone Ranger - London Symphony Orchestra

 Buy Tickets

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

  • 10:30 AM
  • 2:30 PM

A unique planetarium show intertwining science and mythology, transporting the viewer on a poetic journey describing the way Mayans viewed and understood the Universe.

The feast of colours and sounds makes for an artistic interpretation of the Universe that will not easily be forgotten. Stunning 360° visuals create the impression of being inside a beautiful stylised painting.

The film includes a tour of six Mayan temples: San GervasioChichen ItzáUxmalEdznáPalenque and Bonampak. The importance of the orientation of the temples in relation to the movements of the Sun, Moon and Venus is vividly depicted.

Tickets available at the door. 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2:30 P.M. show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Grand Tour of the Solar System

  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM

From Mars to Pluto, Dorrance Planetarium's Grand Tour of the Solar System takes you on a voyage through our spectacular solar system. In this cosmic presentation, you will visit each planet, explore, and compare their features. Discover what's out there in this unique and immersive experience under the dome with us today! 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Solar Superstorms

  • 12:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Symphony of the Stars Laser Show

  • 4:30 PM

From the Lion King's Circle of Life and Jurassic Park's iconic theme to the heart-stopping Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back, listen to blockbuster film scores, Broadway show tunes, and television show favorites all while being dazzled by the multicolored, state-of-the-art laser light show on the Dorrance Planetarium dome. Perfect for the entire family. 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

Songlist: 
Overture from Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back - John Williams and the Boston Pops
Circle of Life from The Lion King - Carmen Twillie
Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins - Dick Van Dyke
My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews
Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz - Judy Garland
Theme from Jurassic Park - John Williams
Harlem Nocturne from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer - Lounge Lizards
Theme form Beetlejuice - Danny Elfman
Theme from New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Powerhouse from Honey I Shrunk the Kinds - Sid Bass

Encore:
Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan - Wynton Marsalis
William Tell Overture from The Lone Ranger - London Symphony Orchestra

 Buy Tickets

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

  • 10:30 AM
  • 2:30 PM

A unique planetarium show intertwining science and mythology, transporting the viewer on a poetic journey describing the way Mayans viewed and understood the Universe.

The feast of colours and sounds makes for an artistic interpretation of the Universe that will not easily be forgotten. Stunning 360° visuals create the impression of being inside a beautiful stylised painting.

The film includes a tour of six Mayan temples: San GervasioChichen ItzáUxmalEdznáPalenque and Bonampak. The importance of the orientation of the temples in relation to the movements of the Sun, Moon and Venus is vividly depicted.

Tickets available at the door. 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2:30 P.M. show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Grand Tour of the Solar System

  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM

From Mars to Pluto, Dorrance Planetarium's Grand Tour of the Solar System takes you on a voyage through our spectacular solar system. In this cosmic presentation, you will visit each planet, explore, and compare their features. Discover what's out there in this unique and immersive experience under the dome with us today! 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Solar Superstorms

  • 12:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Symphony of the Stars Laser Show

  • 4:30 PM

From the Lion King's Circle of Life and Jurassic Park's iconic theme to the heart-stopping Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back, listen to blockbuster film scores, Broadway show tunes, and television show favorites all while being dazzled by the multicolored, state-of-the-art laser light show on the Dorrance Planetarium dome. Perfect for the entire family. 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

Songlist: 
Overture from Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back - John Williams and the Boston Pops
Circle of Life from The Lion King - Carmen Twillie
Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins - Dick Van Dyke
My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews
Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz - Judy Garland
Theme from Jurassic Park - John Williams
Harlem Nocturne from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer - Lounge Lizards
Theme form Beetlejuice - Danny Elfman
Theme from New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Powerhouse from Honey I Shrunk the Kinds - Sid Bass

Encore:
Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan - Wynton Marsalis
William Tell Overture from The Lone Ranger - London Symphony Orchestra

 Buy Tickets

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

  • 3:00 PM

A unique planetarium show intertwining science and mythology, transporting the viewer on a poetic journey describing the way Mayans viewed and understood the Universe.

The feast of colours and sounds makes for an artistic interpretation of the Universe that will not easily be forgotten. Stunning 360° visuals create the impression of being inside a beautiful stylised painting.

The film includes a tour of six Mayan temples: San GervasioChichen ItzáUxmalEdznáPalenque and Bonampak. The importance of the orientation of the temples in relation to the movements of the Sun, Moon and Venus is vividly depicted.

Tickets available at the door. 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2:30 P.M. show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Grand Tour of the Solar System

  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM

From Mars to Pluto, Dorrance Planetarium's Grand Tour of the Solar System takes you on a voyage through our spectacular solar system. In this cosmic presentation, you will visit each planet, explore, and compare their features. Discover what's out there in this unique and immersive experience under the dome with us today! 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Solar Superstorms

  • 12:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

 Buy Tickets

Symphony of the Stars Laser Show

  • 4:30 PM

From the Lion King's Circle of Life and Jurassic Park's iconic theme to the heart-stopping Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back, listen to blockbuster film scores, Broadway show tunes, and television show favorites all while being dazzled by the multicolored, state-of-the-art laser light show on the Dorrance Planetarium dome. Perfect for the entire family. 

 

NOTE: Tuesday, Sept. 24, the afternoon show not available due to the Center being closed to the public after 2 p.m. 

Songlist: 
Overture from Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Imperial March from Star War's Empire Strikes Back - John Williams and the Boston Pops
Circle of Life from The Lion King - Carmen Twillie
Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins - Dick Van Dyke
My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews
Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz - Judy Garland
Theme from Jurassic Park - John Williams
Harlem Nocturne from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer - Lounge Lizards
Theme form Beetlejuice - Danny Elfman
Theme from New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Powerhouse from Honey I Shrunk the Kinds - Sid Bass

Encore:
Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan - Wynton Marsalis
William Tell Overture from The Lone Ranger - London Symphony Orchestra

 Buy Tickets


 

 

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