Space Sciences & Planetarium

Ongoing

The Gladwin Planetarium is the only planetarium on the Central Coast that features live multimedia shows. You can tour the constellations of the night sky, fly through the Milky Way galaxy, and explore the surface of the moon.

Experience the Art and Science of the Cosmos!

Special Promotion with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Buy an admission ticket to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to see The Observable Universe: Visualizing the Cosmos in Art and get a free planetarium show ticket (value $4) for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Gladwin Planetarium. Or, show your planetarium ticket at the SB Museum of Art and get free entry. 

Valid November 2019, and January 15–February 16, 2020. Proof of purchase necessary to receive promotional pricing.

Planetarium Shows | November 2–December 20

Mondays 3:00 PM - Kids’ Space Adventure
You drive the show with your questions! Yearning to learn about space? Tap the expertise of our astronomy presenters and drive the show with your questions during this live interactive presentation.
Run Time: 30 minutes

Tuesdays 3:00 PM - Universe: User’s Guide
Boldly go where no one has gone before: Space exploration, probes and human space travel.
Enjoy a historical journey through space with some of the space ships and probes that have gone farther and farther into the cosmos, giving us a greater knowledge of the universe and many spectacular images.

Wednesdays 3:00 PM - Kids’ Space Adventure
You drive the show with your questions! Yearning to learn about space? Tap the expertise of our astronomy presenters and drive the show with your questions during this live interactive presentation.
Run Time: 30 minutes

Thursdays 3:00 PM - Universe: User’s Guide
Boldly go where no one has gone before: Space exploration, probes and human space travel.
Enjoy a historical journey through space with some of the space ships and probes that have gone farther and farther into the cosmos, giving us a greater knowledge of the universe and many spectacular images.

Fridays 3:00 - Kids’ Space Adventure
You drive the show with your questions! Yearning to learn about space? Tap the expertise of our astronomy presenters and drive the show with your questions during this live interactive presentation.
Run Time: 30 minutes

Weekends November 2–December 20

11:00 AM - Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars
Comets, planets, constellations and more! Live presentation for families with young children.
Run Time: 15 minutes

Noon - Kids’ Space Adventure
You drive the show with your questions! Yearning to learn about space? Tap the expertise of our astronomy presenters and drive the show with your questions during this live interactive presentation.
Run Time: 30 minutes

1:00 PM - What’s Up
See the Sun through our telescopes and then discuss the night sky in the planetarium.
Live interactive presentation for families with children 10 years and up.
Run Time: 40 minutes

2:00 PM - Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Join us on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you will be glad you live on Earth!
Run Time: 40 minutes

3:00 PM - Universe: User’s Guide
Boldly go where no one has gone before: Space exploration, probes and human space travel.
Enjoy a historical journey through space with some of the space ships and probes that have gone farther and farther into the cosmos, giving us a greater knowledge of the universe and many spectacular images.

Upcoming Star Parties

Free admission for Star Parties
From dusk to 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, December 14

Information: Call Javier Rivera, Astronomy Programs Manager, at 805-682-4711 ext. 173 or jrivera@sbnature2.org.