J. Watumull Planetarium

Hawaiʻi’s Gateway to the Stars

To ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff we’re temporarily suspending all in-person planetarium programs.

Experience an immersive theater environment unlike any other in Hawaiʻi! Our state-of-the-art, hybrid 4K Digistar 6 and optical Chronos II projection technology will put you under the most realistic night sky possible indoors.

Learn the art and science of non-instrument navigation and Hawaiian wayfinding. Discover planet Earth like never before and lose yourself in the beauty of the cosmos.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see things from a different perspective. Book your planetarium show tickets with your next visit to Bishop Museum now!

To ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff, we’re temporarily suspending guided tours and Hot Spot demonstrations.

To further ensure your safety, we’ve increased our sanitation procedures and have hand sanitizer stations throughout our campus including Hawaiian Hall, the Castle Memorial Building, and the Science Adventure Center. Mahalo and enjoy your visit. 

Bishop Museum’s J. Watumull Planetarium shows are a must-see for all Museum visitors! Immerse yourself in the night sky, travel from Hawai‘i to Tahiti by the stars, and more. Tickets may be purchased at the Admission Desk, or online.

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Daily Planetarium Shows

All planetarium tickets must be purchased in conjunction with general museum admission. Planetarium tickets are available for purchase on-site only.

Special Evening Online Planetarium Shows

1st Saturday of every month:
The Stars Tonight Online

Special Evening Online Planetarium Shows

3rd Wednesday of February, May, August, and November:
Navigating by the Stars Online

Celebrating Bishop Museum's J. Watumull Planetarium

Mid-Century Aloha is excited to announce the release of this custom-designed J. Watumull Planetarium poster. Art by Scott Sugiuchi for Mid-Century Aloha. 100% of profits support Bishop Museum! 

The Planetarium first opened its doors in December 1961. Optimism about space exploration inspired the mid-century modern era’s “space-age” design and increased interest in the skies. In Hawaiʻi, the stars hold a special significance as celestial navigation was used by Polynesian voyagers to travel the ocean. With the Planetarium’s 60th anniversary this year, this poster’s design honors its past and celebrates its future.

Enter code “STARS” for free shipping.

Upcoming Planetarium Events

Daily Planetarium Shows Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Click here to get your tickets.

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There is an additional $2.95 fee per person for each daytime Planetarium show.

Bishop Museum members continue to enjoy FREE admission to the daily Planetarium shows; members just need to pick up a Planetarium show ticket first at the Admission Desk.

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

About the J. Watumull Planetarium

Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium opened its doors on December 11, 1961. Originally called the Kilolani Planetarium, the Watumull Planetarium has served over six million visitors and students over 60 years of continuous operation. 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 4K full dome video system covers the entire dome in immersive video, allowing us to fly through the rings of Saturn, into the depths of the Orion nebula, out to the edge of the universe, and even simulate a voyage across the Pacific.

The planetarium has 64 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.