10+ Planetariums With Star-Gazing Opportunities

With an abundance of opportunities in the DMV, studying the stars, planets, and the sky has never been more exciting!


Washington, DC


David M. Brown Planetarium | Arlington, VA
During the school year, the David M. Brown Planetarium hosts weekend public programs. Plus, throughout the year they offer special seasonal opportunities too; learn more and see the full schedule by visiting Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium here. // Updated Sept 2019

George Mason University Observatory | Fairfax, VA
Located at George Mason University, this STEM destination gets visitors a little closer to the stars! Boasting many high-powered telescopes, including a 32″ one, the observatory offers public events and tours given by world-class astronomers, researchers, and educators. // Updated Mar 2020

Irene V. Hylton Planetarium | Woodbridge, VA
Located on the campus of CD Hylton Senior High School, this planetarium is home to a star projector capable of displaying more than 1,300 stars, the five visible eye planets, moon phasing, and more on a thirty-foot curved dome! Special effect projectors also create solar and lunar eclipses, aurora displays, and meteor showers.

Visit their calendar to learn more about special opportunities to visit, including their annual holiday laser shows! // Updated Mar 2020

Observatory Park at Turner Farm | Great Falls, VA
Permanently mounted telescopes allow for excellent sky gazing at the new Observatory Park at Turner Farm! This roll-top observatory includes an Observation Room complete with three telescopes and a retractable roof, and an Orientation Room for educational programs. For more information on future programs, visit the Analemma Society. // Updated Sept 2019


William M. Brish Planetarium | Hagerstown, MD
Operated by the Washington County Public Schools System, the William M. Brish Planetarium offers the community special shows on select days; visit them online to check out all of the programs offered. // Updated Sept 2019

Davis Planetarium | Baltimore, MD
Enjoy a look at the stars and sky beneath the 50-foot dome of the Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center! Click here to see the wide variety of opportunities available to the public. // Updated Sept 2019

Arthur Storer Planetarium | Frederick, MD
Visitors of all ages can visit this Planetarium located at Calvert High School. During the school year, learn about the night sky during free informational and educational sessions. // Updated Sept 2019

Banneker Planetarium | Catonsville, MD
Located on the campus of Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville), the Banneker Planetarium also a wide variety of show and programs for students, families, and the community. // Updated Sept 2019

Howard B. Owens Science Center | Lanham, MD
Operated by the Prince George’s County Public School System, the Howard B. Owens Science Center is the largest planetarium in Maryland offers a variety of shows for public viewing throughout the year. // Updated Sept 2019

Ausherman Planetarium | Frederick, MD
Located at the Earth and Space Science Laboratory, the Ausherman Planetarium has a 35-foot dome built to amaze and educate stargazers young and old! Not only does this Chronos Hybrid planetarium system model the night sky, but it also displays 360-degree movies. // Updated Sept 2019


Albert Einstein Planetarium
Located in the National Air and Space Museum, the Albert Einstein Planetarium is one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the country. This planetarium’s ultra-high-definition visuals are 16 times the resolution of your high-definition television! Guests are invited to enjoy shows and opportunities that get you a little closer to the stars and beyond! // Updated Mar 2020

Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
Named for Phoebe Waterman Haas, an extraordinary woman of the early 20th-century (Haas was among the first women in the United States to achieve a Ph.D. in astronomy), this public observatory is located on the National Air and Space Museum’s southeast terrace. Guests are invited to visit and even participate in stargazing opportunities using the observatory’s 16-inch telescope that boasts its own rich history. // Updated Mar 2020

Rock Creek Park Planetarium
Located within the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, the Rock Creek Park Planetarium uses high-tech Spitz software to project the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling while Rangers lead guests on a journey of exploration into our solar system, galaxy, and beyond! In addition to planetarium programs, stargazing opportunities are available too. // Updated Mar 2020

Important Disclaimer: This opportunity is curated from a public source and subject to changes and/or cancelations that might not be reflected above. Always call to confirm before participating.

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