An illustration of the sun coming up behind of the earth with the stars and planets sparkling around the galaxy.

Journey into space with the popular planetarium.

From the earth to the moon and on to the stars, the Planetarium at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center has new technology including real-time images from NASA, a state-of-the-art projection system, and custom programming. Blast off into the great blue beyond from New Orleans East!

Seating is limited. Schedule and selection subject to change. Planetarium shows for large groups are by reservation only and will have customized showtimes.

Show Times
Planetarium shows run at least 45 minutes—Allow one hour. Schedule and selection subject to change

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • 2:30 PM: The Universe in Our Backyard, featuring a selection of short films.

  • Saturday and Sunday:
    • 10:30 AM: The Universe in Our Backyard, featuring One World, One Sky
    • 1:30 PM: Flight of the Butterflies (with brief night sky exploration)
    • 3:30 PM: The Universe in Our Backyard, featuring Mayan Archeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe.
  • Or custom times by group reservation

Ticket are available on-site, in the Interpretive Center, during regular hours (Wed - Sun: 10:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.). Cash is not accepted.

  • Adult: $7.50 non-members / $6.50 members (plus tax)
  • Child: $6.00 non-members / $5.00 members (plus tax)
  • Senior: $7.50 non-members / $6.50 members (plus tax)

Universe in Our Backyard is a live-narrated exploration of the cosmos, followed by a short feature film (below). Allow about one hour for all shows.

  • Title: Universe
  • Synopsis: An historical look at how we have envisioned the universe though the ages. This film visits some of the ancient sites where our ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance, then looks at the universe through the eyes of today's scientists. Telly Award finalist.

  • Title: One World, One Sky (Big Bird's Adventure)
  • Synopsis: Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

  • Title: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
  • Synopsis: The show covers the 400 year history of the telescope and was produced for the International Year of Astronomy.

  • Title: Losing the Dark
  • Synopsis: Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health.

  • Title: Flight of the Butterflies is a stand-alone feature, preceded by a brief night sky demonstration
  • Synopsis: Join thousands of butterflies from several generations as they journey across the continent, and meet the man who spent 40 years discovering this incredible migration.

  • Title: Mayan Archeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe
  • Synopsis: In a feast of colors and sounds, Mayan Archeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe makes a tour of 6 Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus.
  • Seating is limited, and first come first served. Tickets are available on-site and at ticket kiosks at other Audubon attractions.
  • Programs begin promptly. We suggest you arrive with plenty of time to park, visit the restrooms, etc. The doors will open 10 minutes before showtime and close precisely at showtime.
  • Planetariums are not like movie theaters. They are too dark to allow audience members to come and go as they please (it is dangerous and disruptive). Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • Visit the restrooms before the program begins. Once the lights go down, visitors can leave, but are not permitted to reenter.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, but do not expire, and can be used at a later show time, if seating is not available.
  • Showtimes run 30-45 minutes.
  • Planetariums are great places for kids, but to recreate a nighttime environment the theater has to be extra dark. As a general rule, planetarium shows are not recommended for children under 4 years of age.
  • Strollers are not permitted inside the Planetarium.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Planetarium.
  • Photography of any kind is not allowed once the show has begun.
  • Please turn off cell phones, beepers, and other noisy electronic devices while inside the theater.
  • The theater is fully accessible, but guests that require accommodations are encouraged to call ahead to reserve resources (504) 587-2105.
  • Title: Solar System Safari
  • Synopsis: Join us on a Solar System Safari and take your students on an interactive and engaging tour of our solar system and its outer limits. Our show allows for audience participation as you decide where we will travel on our out-of-this-world safari! Show is appropriate for all grade levels.

Click here to learn about other field trip opportunities and book your planetarium show at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center.

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