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Treworgy Planetarium

CURRENT SCHEDULE

Weekdays:

1:00 p.m. Spring Stars and the Mariner

3:00 p.m. Polynesian Wayfinders

Weekends:

12:00 p.m. Spring Stars and the Mariner

1:00 p.m. Spring Stars and the Mariner

3:00 p.m. Polynesian Wayfinders

Tickets:

Members $5 | Non-members $8

Up to age 6, FREE

All programs are approximately 30 minutes long.

SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

Spring Stars and the Mariner

Join us for a 30-minute live show that provides an overview of the spring night sky, starting with locating the Big Dipper and using this shape to find the North Star, Polaris. Once a sense of direction is established, we will locate other well-known constellations and shapes like Leo the Lion and Cassiopeia the Queen. We will then pay a visit to our closest neighbor in space, the moon. And finally, we will explore ways in which sailors used the night sky to navigate the open ocean.

Polynesian Wayfinders

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month by joining us for a unique journey into the Pacific Ocean as we explore the stars and constellations as seen in Polynesian star lore. We will also discover how voyagers from this region were able to navigate without any tools or technology. By using clues from the natural world, and by memorizing the ways in which stars traverse the sky, these seafarers could cross vast expanses of ocean.

PLANETARIUM

Stars to Guide the Way

Since 1960, the Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport Museum has been a center for science education, inspiring visitors to draw connections between our maritime history and the world and skies around us. When we look up at the sky, we see the very same stars that guided sailors long ago, as they developed their navigational tools and instruments. We have come a long way from the compass and sextant to the GPS units that many of our smartphones have. In order to truly appreciate the technological luxuries we enjoy today, it is more important now than ever to preserve the traditions of the past.

Inside the Planetarium

Your family can participate in all of our shows at the Treworgy Planetarium, each one a live program delivered by a dynamic member of the Planetarium staff. Come see the sun, moon, planets, and stars like you’ve never seen them before! You will be immersed in a sea of stars, and the constellations will guide us on an unforgettable journey through the galaxy.

What’s in a Name?

If you’re wondering how our name is pronounced, think “TRUE-urr-gee.” Originally named the “Seaport Planetarium,” the Planetarium was re-named in 2009 in memory of Don Treworgy. Don worked at the Planetarium for 48 years, including 44 years as the Director, and was beloved by the Museum’s staff, volunteers, and visitors. The current staff is honored to work at a Planetarium that bears Don’s name, and his memory inspires us to continue the mission of education in the fields of astronomy, navigation, and maritime history.

Contact

Phone: 860-572-0711 x5151

Email: planetarium@mysticseaport.org

PROGRAMS

19th-Century Navigation

Planetarium K–12 Programs

In-school Programs

Programs for Scouts

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