Dupont Planetarium

The DuPont Planetarium exists to inspire others to explore the majesty of the heavens. Visitors age 4 and up attend public shows presented every Saturday. We encourage our visitors to reserve seats in advance. If you make a reservation, please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the show starts. All unclaimed reservations will be released 10 minutes prior to the show. While most DuPont Planetarium programs focus on astronomy and encourage exploration of the night sky, one show takes visitors inside the living cell, and another blows them away into the wild world of weather. Most shows take advantage of the automation system in the planetarium, and all involve an enthusiastic presenter who is eager to share the majesty of the heavens with visitors. Digistar shows, such as Virtual Journey, entertain by using the power of the digital star projector to create shapes that dance across the dome to lively music.

Follow the Drinking Gourd

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Learn how slaves used astronomy and song to escape and travel along the Underground Railroad. Slaves would develop songs that contained a secret code to help them travel to freedom in the north. Hear how the words of the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" provided clues to help the slaves and follow one family on their treacherous journey to Canada.