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Acheson Planetarium

Public Planetarium Programs

Science Shop Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-4pm
Friday: 11am-9pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm


If our hours don't fit your schedule, our online store is always available!

Daily Public Program Schedule

Explore today's program offerings as well as any other special events that might be going on at the Institute of Science! These shows are for general admission visitors. School groups and other groups may attend regularly scheduled public shows. Please check at the Front Desk when you arrive at the Institute for availability

Changing Exhibit

Chocolate - The Exhibition

is presented by


September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018

A unique tree in a lush tropical environment.  A seed so precious it was used as money.  A spicy drink and a sweet snack.  A heavenly craving and a sublime pleasure.  Chocolate is all this…and much more.  Explore the relationship between human culture and this rainforest treasure in Chocolate.

Permanent Exhibits

The museum's exhibitions are housed in 14 permanent galleries. There is also a changing exhibition hall, an outdoor science garden, nature trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, an observatory and the international headquarters of the Organization for Bat Conservation. The major overarching theme to the exhibitions is the interconnectedness in nature. This idea is introduced to visitors in a unique, multi-media theater called the Connections Theater.