The new COSI Planetarium—the largest in Ohio—features state-of-the-art digital technology that offers an unsurpassed glimpse of our incredible universe. The COSI Planetarium’s new Digistar 5 projection system and 60-foot dome will transport you to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, to undersea volcanoes and distant lands, and even into the human body. For all who wonder, who question, who dream, your window to the universe is now open at COSI.
Now Available: Planetarium Only tickets!
The universe is filled with cosmic fireworks, from powerful explosions of the most massive stars to radioactive stellar nurseries. Even our own night sky will light up when the Milky Way collides with the Andromeda Galaxy. Within our own solar system, comets and asteroids slam into planets and moons, while solar storms send electromagnetic radiation and high-energy particles screaming into Earth’s atmosphere. Experience it all from the safety of the COSI Planetarium! Running time: Approximately 40 minutes.
June 18 - Sept 5: 12:45pm*, 2:45pm, 7:30pm (Fri/Sat only)
August 26 (Family Friday Night): 7:45pm
* No 12:45pm show on Aug 25, Sept 1
Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon. Running time: Approximately 40 minutes.
Jan 6 - Sept 5: 11:45am
This live show lets you ask COSI’s Chief Scientist, Paul Sutter, your favorite questions about science and the universe in a dynamic Q&A format. You direct the show as the 60-foot dome in COSI’s Planetarium showcases visuals that help answer your deep questions. Show length: approximately 30 minutes. Showtimes: Aug 25, Sept 1 - 12:45pm
SpacePark360 is a set of fulldome movies designed to recreate the experience of amusement park thrill rides - roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. Seen from the rider's perspective, SpacePark360 takes the state-of-the-art technologies of fulldome systems and combines them with heart pounding thrill rides to create a unique entertainment show never seen before on the dome. From the tops of Jupiter's clouds to the icy depths of Neptune's moon Triton, each location serves to heighten the thrilling experience. Please note: this particular show has the extreme motion of amusement park rides that could cause motion sickness. Running time: Approximately 38 minutes.
April 6 - Sept 5: 10:45am, 3:45pm
August 26 (Family Friday Night): 5:45pm, 7:45pm
Experience the sights and sounds of one of the greatest rock bands of all time this summer on COSI’s Digital Planetarium. Stunning computer generated visuals set to the music of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and “Dark Side of the Moon” albums cover the largest planetarium screen in Ohio. This limited time experience is a must see for all music fans. Parental guidance suggested, some material for more mature audiences.
Running time: The Wall - 67 minutes | Dark Side of the Moon - 43 minutes. Showtimes:
The Wall: Sept 2, 3: 8:30pm
Discover the animals in the night sky. Families with young children will enjoy this engaging and interactive live astronomy show, led by a COSI Star Safari Guide along with the help of Orion, our master scout, to find animals in the night sky. This show created by COSI especially for early learners, features beautiful animal drawings, real-animal footage from The Columbus Zoo and a tour of the night sky across COSI’s 60-foot dome. No need to be quiet on this safari, the animals won’t mind a few oohs, aaahs and shout-outs from the audience as they discover the beauty and wonder of the stars. Recommended for ages 3-8. Running time: Approximately 22 minutes.
April 6 - Sept 5: 1:45pm
See the shows of your choice during your field trip or group visit, including Cell! Cell! Cell!, Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, Our Solar System, Back to the Moon for Good, Wildest Weather in the Solar System, One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure, and Our Universe Above. Learn More
Daily: 9:00am | 9:15am | 9:30am | 9:45am