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Plan a Visit

Planning a visit to the Sudekum Planetarium‘s Judith Payne Turner Theatre? Get ready for an awesome experience!

  • Sudekum Planetarium is not always open on Mondays. Please check our schedule for details.
  • Most daytime planetarium shows require member or paid admission to Adventure Science Center and purchase of a separate ticket for a planetarium show. See the chart below for details. Arrive at the Science Center after 3:00 pm to purchase 3:30 pm planetarium tickets without paying general admission.
  • Evening shows on the Second Saturday of each month, and most evening laser shows also do not require General Admission to the Science Center.
  • See a second show in the planetarium on the same day for half price. This discount does not apply to evening shows.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for use in the planetarium. Just ask the ticket taker or your presenter before the show begins.
  • If you or someone in your party has difficulty climbing stairs, please tell the front desk so they can relay that information to planetarium staff. This will allow us to guide you to the best possible seat.
  • Strollers are not allowed in the planetarium. Please park your stroller at the entrance of the Planetarium, and your stroller will meet you at the exit upstairs after the show.
  • Taking pictures or video during any planetarium program is not permitted.
  • If younger visitors become restless or need a little extra space, parents are welcome to stand in the back with them.
  • Be courteous of others and please silence your cell phone, camera, or other devices, digital or not, that may make sound or light. These lights and sounds can be very disruptive during the program. Even the blinking lights on cellphone earpieces or childrens’ shoes can be visible throughout the theater.
  • Tickets to the Sudekum Planetarium are non-refundable.

General Admission (exhibits only)

Combo Ticket (General Admission
plus one Planetarium Show)


Members* FREE N/A $3
Adults/Teens (ages 13 – 64) $14.95 $18.95 $6
Seniors (65+) $13.95 N/A $6
Youth (ages 2 – 12) $10.95 $14.95 $6
Children (under 2) FREE FREE FREE
College Student (Must have student ID.) $13.95 N/A $6
Military (Must have military ID. Ages 13 – 64) $13.95 N/A $6
Military Youth (Must have military ID. Ages 2 – 12) $9.95 N/A $6
TN Teacher (Must have ID.**) FREE N/A $6

See a second show in the planetarium on the same day for half price.
Discount does not apply to evening shows.

*Some membership levels include a number of free planetarium tickets.
Please see the Membership page for details.

**Eligibility includes certified public/private
PreK-12th grade school teachers in Tennessee.
Must show current school ID.

Click here» for information about laser shows

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club.
For detailed information call (615) 862-5160.

General Admission (exhibits only)


Adults/Teens (13+) $12.95 $5
Youth (2-12) $8.95 $5
Children (under 2) FREE FREE

Group minimum is 20 people. One week advance registration is required to receive group discount.
For more information call (615) 862-5177.

Click here» for information about school group visits.

What times are programs presented in the Sudekum Planetarium’s Turner Theatre?
The Sudekum show schedule varies throughout the year. Click here» to get the most current program information and showtimes.

How much are planetarium tickets?
Planetarium tickets may be purchased in addition to regular admission to the Adventure Science Center. All planetarium tickets are $6 per show for non-members and $3 per show for members.

What if I only want to attend a show in the Sudekum Planetarium and not tour the Adventure Science Center?
Most daytime planetarium shows require member or paid admission to Adventure Science Center and purchase of a separate ticket for a planetarium show. However, if you arrive at the Science Center after 3 p.m., you can purchase 3:30 p.m. planetarium tickets without paying general admission.

Or, join us on the Second Saturday of each month for after-hours showings in the Sudekum Planetarium. Tickets are just $6 per show for non-members and $4 per show for members. A perfect way to start your evening or a great after-dinner date!

Are children under age 2 required to pay for a ticket to the planetarium?
Children age 2 and under may only be admitted to a planetarium show for free if they are seated in an adult’s lap. If you wish your child to be seated separately, a separate ticket is required.

Is there a show about what’s visible in the current night sky?
Yes! Sit back, relax, and watch the stars come out during Skies Over Nashville, a live program that highlights the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the evening at this time of year. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions or even try to stump the presenter. Check our schedule for showtimes.

What is Space Chase?
Space Chase is a 15,000 square foot Adventure Science Center exhibit, where you can discover the wonders of the Universe through a variety of hands-on, interactive exhibits. Visit Space Chase as part of your general admission to Adventure Science Center. Learn more here»

What kind of technology is used in the Sudekum Planetarium?
At the center of the Turner Theatre is the GOTO Chiron optical star projector that fills the dome with more than 6.5 million stars (the previous star ball projected 2,500). This breathtakingly realistic night sky is combined with a Digistar 3, high-definition, full-dome system that projects images and animations of the wonders of the universe from horizon to horizon. No other planetarium in the country offers the seamless integration of these two technologies. The gently sloping seating and powerful 5.1 surround sound system give the visitors to the Sudekum a unique, immersive and exhilarating experience. To learn more about our planetarium technology, click here»

Are Sudekum Planetarium’s original productions available in other planetariums?
Yes! Sudekum Planetarium has been producing original programming for planetariums since 1987. Learn more here»