The Glenn & Carol Arthur Planetarium

Earth to Sky Park will be closed Sunday, March 12th, 2023, due to inclement weather.

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.

The Arthur Planetarium is handicap and wheelchair accessible with handicap parking available in front of the Visitor's Center.

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.

Field Trip Information

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

Good of the Hive Mural

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,

Contact Us!

Call 828-470-7584 Email with Observatory questions: Email with Planetarium questions: Physical Address: 66 Energy Exchange Dr. Burnsville, NC. Mailing address: PO Box 547 Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Event Calendar