Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

These prices are for the Space Theater. The Big Bang Theater is free with museum admission.


Dominating the Rose Center is the Hayden Sphere, which features the world’s largest virtual reality simulator. Weighing four million pounds and measuring 87 feet in diameter, the Hayden Sphere houses the Space Theater in its upper half and the Big Bang Theater in its lower hemisphere.

The 429-seat Space Theater features Journey to the Stars narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The show launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including the Earth’s Sun. This theater experience was created by the museum’s astrophysicists, scientific visualization and media production experts with the cooperation of NASA and more than 40 scientists from the United States and abroad.

In the Big Bang Theater, visual and audio effects recreate how, according to scientists, the universe began with a burst of radiant energy from a point smaller than a grain of sand.