J. Watumull Planetarium

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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

Summer Planetarium Schedule

This family-friendly program explores why Hawai‘i is a great place to learn about Earth system science. Also discover how NASA satellites help us in our explorations of our home planet.

45 minutes, all ages.

This full-dome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa as you explore the nearly lost art and science of non-instrument navigation in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.

45 minutes, recommended age 8 and up.

Traverse the largest ocean on Earth with Moko, an intrepid teenager who follows the star paths of her ancestors as they sail across the Pacific towards her homeland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She time travels between centuries and cultures to witness life onboard the waka hourua (sailing canoes) of her Māori forefathers, and the ships of English captain Lt.
James Cook and Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman. She takes in the view of Earth from space, stands alongside the navigators, experiences their traditions, uncovers their science, and wraps it all up in the space knowledge we have today. Co-producers Experience Wellington and Island Productions Aotearoa.

45 minutes, recommended age 8 and up.

Show Times

Every Day

10:00 – Eyes On Island Earth
11:00 – Wayfinders
12:30 – Ngā Tohunga Whakatere: The Navigators
2:00 – Eyes On Island Earth
3:30 – Wayfinders

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 12, 1961. Originally called the Kilolani Planetarium, the Watumull Planetarium has served over six million visitors and students over 60 years of continuous operation. The Planetarium was instrumental in the recovery of the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrument navigation in Hawaiʻi. Nainoa Thompson spent countless hours in the Planetarium with Will Kyselka and other Planetarium staff in the late 1970s learning how to read the night sky. We are honored to continue that legacy by serving as a training space for today’s navigators.

Our GOTO Chronos II optical star projector 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 Hawaiʻi, blending live and prerecorded elements within each program.