About the Planetarium

Come experience our Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium. Our Chronos II star machine provides one of the most vivid, realistic recreations of the night sky available today, with 8,500 pinpoint stars and realistic, bright planets. Our Digistar full dome video system covers the entire dome in immersive video, allowing us to fly through the rings of Saturn or into the depths of the Orion nebula. The late 2012 renovations also include a seamless interior dome, a 5.1 sound system and LED lighting system.

Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium was the first planetarium in Polynesia. Originally called the Kilolani Planetarium, the Watumull Planetarium has served over six million visitors and students since it opened its doors on December 11, 1961. The planetarium has 70 seats and serves 70,000 people a year. The planetarium focuses on programs about Hawai‘i; a hallmark of its programs is the blending of live and prerecorded elements within each program.

The Planetarium will begin charging Bishop Museum visitors an additional $2.00 fee for each daytime Planetarium show beginning Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Bishop Museum members will continue to enjoy FREE admission to the daily Planetarium shows; members who wish to attend a Planetarium show just need to pick up a planetarium show ticket first at the Museum Ticket Box.

Tickets are for a specific show and are available onsite from 9 a.m. on the day of the show.