Planetarium Shows - General Information

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Please read this first before purchasing tickets!
The ESSL is a part of the Frederick County Public School system. Our primary purpose is to work with school groups. With a staff of two and some dedicated volunteers, we are able to offer limited evening and public events. Our evening programs, summer matinees, or summer camps will eventually be available online as soon as we can organize the events.

  • All evening shows will take place in the Ausherman Planetarium and will be followed by a star and planet talk under the dome. Exhibits, activities, and some of our animals will be available as well.
  • The Natelli Observatory, with its 14" Meade telescope, will be open during every planetarium show, weather permitting, to view choice celestial objects.
  • Ticket revenues support the ESSL exhibits, materials, new planetarium programs, live animals, and activities. Your support keeps our programs operating.
  • Please join us for several evenings of fine educational entertainment!

Important Info!

  • Location:  On the campus of Lincoln Elementary 210 Madison Street, Frederick, MD 21701
  • Evening Showtimes:  Tuesday and/or Thursday on selected days during the school year – 6:00pm and 7:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)  Exhibits close at 7:30PM.
  • Afternoon matinees: Selected Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer.  1:00 and 2:00 (Doors open at 12:30)
  • Admission:    Open to the general public - ONLY 90 tickets for each show.  Get your tickets early. $6.00 each
  • Tickets: Tickets will be sold online. Tickets picked up at the front desk on the night of the show.  Unsold tickets for each show will be sold when the doors open at 5:30 on the days of the show.

All Sales Final

Important Stuff: Please leave food, drinks, gum, Starbuck Lattes, Red Bulls, Goldfish, Cherrios, and all Big Gulps in your car. 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Patrons: Please call the ESSL at 240-236-2694 at least 10 business days prior to the event you would like to attend, to ensure interpreting services will be available.
Click HERE regarding very young children

Click HERE to View the Schedule and Purchase Tickets!