Planetarium

Rock Creek Park is home to the only planetarium in the National Park Service.


A planetarium is a type of theater with the special purpose of showing educational or entertaining films and presentations about astronomy and the night sky. Located within the Nature Center, the Rock Creek Park Planetarium uses high-tech software to project the image of the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling. Rangers lead you on a journey of exploration into our solar system, galaxy, and beyond.

The Rock Creek Park Planetarium has a seating capacity of 70. Space for wheelchairs is limited.

Programs in the planetarium vary in length and subject matter. Audience age limits are set to provide the best atmosphere for each program. These age requirements are enforced for all planetarium programs out of respect for all visitors.

For visitor safety, there is no admittance once planetarium doors close.

For a list of programs visit the Calendar page.

Last updated: July 28, 2021

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Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Phone:

(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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