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Public Programs

**Due to high Covid-19 levels, we have temporarily suspended our public programs. This page will be updated once we decide when to resume programs -- hopefully on January 14th**

Public Planetarium Programs

Each weekend includes a combination of educational and enteraining programs with occassional special events. Program information and times are given below. Click on the Ticket Info tab for prices and links to purchase tickets online.


No food or drink are allowed in the planetarium.

For safety in the darkened planetarium, late arrivals may not be admitted once the program starts. If you need to leave during the program, you may not be readmitted. 

Except for our designated children's/family programs, children 5 and younger are not allowed at our public programs. 

**Covid-19 Mask Policy**

In accordance with Buffalo State College policy, everyone must wear masks in campus buildings regardless of vaccination status. 

Hand sanitizer stations are available for patron use. 


The planetarium is very accessible. Please email us at if you have questions or need assitance with wheelchair seating or any other accommodations. 

Assisted listening devices are available for use at no charge. Contact us ahead of time with any questions or to reserve an assisted listening device for your program. Please plan to leave a license or credit card during your program in order to borrow an assisted listening device. All assisted listening devices are sanitized between uses. 

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA
Fridays and Saturdays   8:15 pm, December 3 - 18


Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration in this planetarium program about the engineering side of NASA. By using exciting real-life projects like NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto, this program from the Boston Museum of Science highlights the extreme nature of spacecraft engineering and the life cycle of a space mission — from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations. Blast off and take the voyage with us!


View the trailer for From Dream to Discovery HERE


From Dream to Discovery will be followed by a 15-minute discussion of dwarf planet Pluto and why is classified as a dwarf planet. 


Fulldome program run time:  30 minutes

Total program run time: 45-50 minutes


LASER HOLIDAYS Laser Music Experience

Program image for Laser Holidays
Laser Holidays


Friday and Saturday, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 7:00 & 9:30 pm
Sunday, December 19 at 5:00 & 6:15 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 7:00 and 8:15 pm
Sunday, December 26 at 2:00 & 3:15


This extremely popular laser music experience features timeless holiday favorites such as "Sleigh Ride" and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", modern favorites like David Foster's "Carol of the Bells" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You", and reimagined renditions of other classic holiday songs, such as Enya's beautiful rendition of "Silent Night". Sing along with these family favorites while laser patterns (and maybe a few sugar plums) dance above your head! 


This laser music experience is an animated Christmas light display like no other you’ve ever seen. Get into the holiday spirit with dazzling laser effects choreographed with the music of the season - a treat for the entire family!


Total run time: 40 minutes


**During this experience, guests will be exposed to flashing laser lights, theatrical haze, and room-shaking music.  


Constellation illustrations in the planetarium





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Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Science and Mathematics Complex •  Buffalo, NY 14222