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The Glenn & Carol Arthur Planetarium

Welcome to the Arthur Planetarium!

The Glenn and Carol Arthur Planetarium, located at the Earth to Sky Park in Burnsville, NC, will now wow audiences with traditional astronomy shows to other STEM education shows all underneath a 36 ft projection dome. Comprised of 60 seats beneath the dome, the planetarium is a multi-use destination for visitors, residents, school children, and Mayland students.

Directions to the Park

Visitor's Center Hours

Wednesday- Saturday: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Ticket Information- All planetarium tickets are sold in person at the visitor center prior to the start of each show

Adults: $12

Seniors 60+: $10

Veterans: $10

Mayland Employees & Students with Valid ID: $8

Children age 4-12: $5

Children 3 and under: Free


Habitat Earth
Destination Mars
Inside NASA

Friday 4:00pm- Destination Mars: The New Frontier

Saturday 4:00pm- From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

Sunday 2:00pm- Habitat Earth

Monday and Tuesday Closed

Habitat Earth- Features biological and human-built networks (and how they intersect), taking viewers on an immersive journey through the contentedness of Earth.

Destination Mars: The New Frontier- Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA and other have their sights on the Red Planet and they're building the technology to get us there! Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA- Journey from NASA's test facilities all the way to Pluto and experience the excitement of today's space missions. Immerse yourself in the adventures and extremes of spacecraft engineering-- from the design of missions like James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations.

When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.

Field Trips and Private Rentals

A large part of the mission of the Earth to Sky Park is to offer environmental education opportunities to K-12 students and work with teachers on hands-on activities that correlate with curriculum being taught in the classroom. The Arthur Planetarium welcomes field trips and can accommodate up to 60 students and teachers at once. Each planetarium show lasts approximately 1 hour and additional hands-on activities are available upon request. The Carolyn Munro Wilson Picnic Shelter provides a wonderful place for students to enjoy a snack or eat lunch and can seat up to 32 people at the picnic tables. To schedule a field trip and receive pricing information please contact staff at

The Arthur Planetarium, much like the Bare Dark Sky Observatory, may be rented for a private group. Experience the wonder of the universe in the comfort of reclining chairs and climate control even in the daytime! Open to groups up to 60 people, the Arthur Planetarium provides a unique learning and entertainment opportunity for all ages! For rental information and pricing please contact staff at

In October of 2021, internationally known muralist, Matthew Willey began painting one of his “Good of the Hive” murals on the exterior of the Glenn and Carol Arthur Planetarium. The mission of “The Good of the Hive” project, is to promote honeybee health and the awareness of how all living things are connected. Willey has committed to painting 50,000 bees world-wide, which is the number needed for a healthy hive. Other locations where Willey has already painted murals include the Smithsonian Zoo, the Burt’s Bees headquarters, and many more. Visitors are invited to explore the mural and get up close to see the intense details of each section. For more information, please call 828-470-7584. To learn more about  “The Good of the Hive” visit,