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The Planetarium in the Deutsches Museum

On a very clear night, you could theoretically see more than 3500 celestial bodies from Munich. But air and light pollution prevent an optimal view of the starry sky. In the planetarium, on the other hand, visitors can not only view a perfect Munich night sky, but also the sky above any point on Earth. You can also see what the sky looked like around the time of Christ's birth - or what it will look like in 1000 years. This is made possible by the ultra-modern Zeiss-Skymaster ZKP4 optical fibre star projector: with LED light sources and around 7300 optical fibres, the starry sky and planetary movements can be demonstrated. Visitors can travel the 13.7 billion light years to the edge of the observable universe - and approach planets and view our solar system or the Milky Way from the outside.

10In ten minutes through

13.7 billionlight years

160Here are 160 seats for the journey to the end of the universe

Planetarium shows

  • Time: Daily at 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00. (subject to change)
  • Location: Planetarium in the special exhibition area, level -1. Access via auditorium or lift.
  • Cost: 5 €, in addition to museum admission.
    • Tickets are available for the day of the event at the ticket office and at the information desk in the entrance hall.
    • Admission is free for members, a €0.00 ticket must be purchased at the information desk in the entrance hall. 
    • Tickets are available up to 15 minutes before the start of the performance.
  • Children, even if accompanied by their parents, are only admitted from the age of 6.
  • No admission after the start of the performance.
  • The shows will be held in German. However, proficiency in German is not required.

The programme is published every day at around 9:20 on the website - daily programme -  and in the Deutsches Museum App.

The History of the Planetarium in the Deutsches Museum

The world's first projection planetarium opened in the Deutsches Museum in 1925 - initiated by Oskar von Miller, the founder of the Deutsches Museum. He approached Zeiss in 1913 about manufacturing a "rotating star sphere". Under the leadership of Dr. Walther Bauersfeld, a planetarium was created on the basis of optical-mechanical light projection. The first Zeiss projector illuminated 4500 stars in the dome in Munich.

The planetarium of the Deutsches Museum was then completely renovated from 2013 to 2015. The 15-metre projection dome was renewed. A new star projector with state-of-the-art fibre optic technology was installed. The clattering slide projectors were replaced by six highly advanced digital projectors that now bring the entire observable universe into the dome.

Learn more about the history of the planetarium