Millholland Planetarium

Special Thanks to the Planetarium’s Sponsors:

  • Pepsi-Cola Company of Hickory, N.C., Inc.
  • Kenneth K. & Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment
  • TSH Charitable Foundation


Public planetarium shows and daytime laser shows are included in CSC’s General Admission, on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Current Public Shows

See Calendar for showtimes

FAQs: Astronomy & Space






What is the brightest star in the sky? What is the most distant object you can see with just your eyes? Who invented the telescope? How big are the planets? Are there UFOs? These are just some of questions answered in FAQs: Astronomy & Space.

Tuesday & Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Friday at 3:30 p.m. & Saturday at 3:00 p.m.


Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes & Seasonal Stargazing






In Molecularium, Oxy, the Oxygen atom, and her Hydrogen friends, Hydro and Hydra, travel and sing across the universe to investigate how atoms form molecules. They shrink down to the atomic level to ride a snowflake as it builds and then turns to rain.  Then, they meet Carbon and his friends who teach them about metals, polymers, and why carbon is needed for life.

Wednesday & Friday at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


Laser Beatles






The Fab Four are back with a compilation of songs from their entire career! Songs included are Magical Mystery Tour, Help, Revolution, Day and In The Life.

Sundays at 2:30 p.m.


Daytime laser shows are included in CSC General Admission, on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Seasonal Stargazing

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Discover the stars and constellations visible in the current night sky over the Catawba Valley. (Presented as a second feature with selected shows.)


About the Millholland Planetarium
Planetarium faked-thirdFeatured among planetariums in Western North Carolina is Catawba Science Center’s own Millholland Planetarium. This state-of-the-art theater features full-dome digital technology – MEDIAGLOBE 3-D, created by Konica Minolta of Japan – and a powerful surround sound system to truly transport audiences beyond the confines of Earth. Visitors will be immersed in giant-screen, 30-foot dome images of the surface of the Sun, Mars, nearby galaxies and beyond. Features include Seasonal Stargazing and topical presentations. Explore the rings of Saturn, massive black holes, volcanoes, ocean depths, the human body and more. All shows are double features, which include a main feature and a look at the seasonal night sky.

 Planetarium shows and daytime laser shows are included in CSC’s General Admission, on a first-come, first-seated basis.

See Calendar for showtimes

Keep stars shinning

A donation will help CSC to keep presenting the universe to children and adults from the Catawba Valley, across the state, and beyond.

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The Millholland Planetarium is proud to be associated with the British Fulldome Institute, which provides some of the planetarium’s fulldome images and programs.




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Catawba Science Center, located in Hickory, provides fun for all ages, and is within
a short drive from Morganton, Statesville, Lenoir, Lincolnton, and Western NC.

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