Journey Through the Cosmos
The Washington Pavilion is now home to one of the most advanced planetarium systems in the United States. Elevate your museum visit by adding a trip to the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium for just $5 (or $4 for members).
Simply purchase a museum admission and films are an additional $5 or $4. Here's what awaits you:
- Breathtaking visuals and mesmerizing effects with five high-resolution screen projectors
- Uninterrupted viewing, thanks to our new seamless dome screen designed to eliminate any distractions
- Amazing, advanced surround sound and lighting creating a fully immersive experience
Daily programming consists of a variety of film showings starting every hour at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon on Sundays. Additional programming includes stargazing date nights, live space launches, select Hollywood film showings and more. Stay tuned for these special evenings and upcoming events.
Want to know more? Check out our FAQ list below!
The Sweetman Planetarium was made possible thanks to a transformational gift from the Dick and Kathy Sweetman family.
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What can I expect to see at the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium?
Daily programming consists of a variety of film showings starting every hour at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sundays. Other fun programming will include stargazing date nights, live space launches, select Hollywood film showing evenings s and more. Stay tuned for these special evenings and upcoming events.
Does the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium have telescopes?
Our planetarium does not include telescopes or open to the bare night sky.
Does the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium open?
No, the planetarium dome does not open. As a result, our planetarium is not affected by weather, as long as power remains on.
What is the difference between a planetarium and an observatory?
At times a planetarium can become confused with an observatory, however, there are distinct differences between the two. A planetarium is a “sky theater” with special projectors that create a simulation of the night sky onto a dome screen using light and color reflection and audio.
An observatory includes an opening to the bare night sky and telescopes for viewings of the star system and galaxy.
Will we see plants in the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium?
A planetarium is sometimes confused with other facilities, such as an aquarium or even a type of greenhouse. Although the words may sound similar, there are no fish or plants in the planetarium.
Can we bring snacks and drinks into the facility?
The Washington Pavilion offers a full-service café, The WP, and a concessions area. Food and beverages purchased at the Washington Pavilion are allowed within the facility. No outside food or beverages may be taken inside.
Why does it feel like the theater is moving?
You may feel like you are moving during our films or programming. At times, the combination of darkness and the dome structure can trick your brain into thinking you are moving as you are immersed in images and video on the screen. The facility is completely stationary.
Is the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The wheelchair seating area can be accessed from the 2nd floor entrance to the planetarium.
Why is the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium admission separate from my membership?
We're committed to continuously enhancing your experience. Offering the planetarium as an add-on to your membership or museums admission will allow us to provide ongoing engaging and innovative programming.