The planetarium is open. Please buy your tickets at the Museum Shop.

Visitors look up at a domed planetarium show. They are seeing clouds moving across a daylight sky



Visitor information


1st floor (buy tickets at the Museum Shop)


15-minute shows are £2.95 per person

Group discounts
Four persons - £10
Five persons - £12.50
Six persons - £15

Longer shows are £3.75 per person

Group discounts
Four persons - £13.50
Five persons - £16.75
Six persons - £20

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 and under are free with an accompanying adult

Buy your tickets on the day at the Museum Shop

Occasionally, the Planetarium is booked for use by school groups. If you are planning a visit on a weekday during term time, please consider calling us in advance to check availability - (0191) 208 6765

Current shows

10.10am (except Sunday)

Have you ever wondered how the astronauts do their job? After watching the Cosmix show it will be absolutely clear to you! But hold tight, it will be a crazy ride. You will find out what a space flight looks like and how to prepare for it. You will jump from a spinning centrifuge straight into a cosmic rocket. And where it will take you? Why, to the International Space Station!
15 minutes. £2.95 per person

10.30am (except Sunday)  
We Are Aliens!

Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? We Are Aliens! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.
25 minutes. £3.75 per person

10.55am (except Sunday)  
Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System

This sound-based astronomy show gives a visual experience of space whilst also supporting visitors with vision impairment to ‘hear’ the Universe.  Experience the Solar System like never before by traveling on a spacecraft that can turn the objects in space into sound. You'll be transported inside a special spacecraft that takes you to the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to view the stars in the night sky, before lifting off into space to visit the Earth, Moon, Sun and all the planets of the Solar System.
35 minutes. £3.75 per person

We Are Aliens!

12 noon
We Are Aliens!

We Are Aliens!


Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System

We Are Aliens!

3.30pm (except Saturday and Sunday)  
From Earth to the Universe

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has inspired awe and been the subject of campfire stories, and ancient myths for as long as there have been people. This stunning voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe as revealed to us by science.
30 minutes. £3.75 per person

4pm (except Saturday and Sunday) 
We Are Aliens!