The J. Watumull Planetarium

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Come experience our Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium, renovated in December 2012! Our ChronosII 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.

Click to learn about our new LASER SHOWS!

Daily Schedule

11:00 - *Perseus and Andromeda Laser Show (30 min)
From Nov 2 - Nov 25, see a charming account of the story of Perseus, Andromeda, Pegasus, and Medusa, told in beautiful laser light! The show also features a live section where we find these constellations in the autumn sky. (Suitable for all ages)

*NOTE: Additional separate ticket required. Please visit box office.

12:45 - Explorers of Polynesia - JAPANESE
From Hawai'i to Tahiti by the stars. This classic program explores the early history of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a and gives you a chance to try your hand at navigation.

1:30 - Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars - 45 minutes
This brand new fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your own way to Tahiti from Hawai'i. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.

2:30 - The Sky Tonight - 25 minutes
In this live program you'll explore the current evening sky in Hawai'i under the guidance of one of our planetarium presenters, enhanced with our new fulldome Digistar 4 system. You'll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight's constellations and planets.

3:30 - *Laser Beatles (30 min)
From Nov 2 - Nov 25, catch music from throughout the Beatles' career set to laser light! Favorites such as "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Revolution," "Yesterday," and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" are included! (Suitable for all ages)

*NOTE: Additional separate ticket required. Please visit box office.

Stars & Guitars Evening Planetarium Programs:

More Resources

Interested in learning about the night skies of Hawai‘i? If you can't visit us in person use some of the materials organized here to explore the stars, planets, and more.

Star maps of the Hawaiian sky for each month and the sunrise and sunset times for the Hawaiian Islands are also available on the right hand column.

About the Planetarium

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.

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