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

Back to the Moon for Good






Back To The Moon For Good is an exciting, educational fulldome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.

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


Secret of the Cardboard Rocket






The show Cardboard Rocket will allow audience members to embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system alongside their ships navigator, an astronomy book.

Tuesday & Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Friday at 2:30 p.m. & Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


Laser Legacies






Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Queen and more! Check out this dazzling laser show to hits from some of the all time greats!

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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