Frequently Asked Questions

TICKETS & PRICING

  • Are general admission prices changing? ASC has not raised admission prices since 2005. The grand opening will see a small increase in admission fees in conjunction with the expanded experience we will now offer our visitors. The new admission fees will be:
    • Members: FREE
    • Adult/Teen: $11
    • Ages 3-12: $9
    • Seniors 62+: $9
    • Toddler (2 & under) FREE
  • Is there an extra charge for planetarium shows? Yes. We’ve made the Sudekum Planetarium bigger and better than ever; the only one of its kind currently in the U.S. Planetarium tickets may be purchased for an additional charge. All planetarium tickets are $6 for non-members and $4 for ASC members. Planetarium tickets without general admission will not be available, unless it is a special, after-hours event.
  • Are children under age 2 required to pay for a ticket to the planetarium? Children age 2 and under may only be admitted to a planetarium show for free if they are seated in a adult’s lap. If you wish your child to be seated separately, a separate ticket is required. Please be sure to check the show description for suggested audience age.
  • Are coupons available or are there any special promotions in conjunction with the grand opening? Coupons for Adventure Science Center general admission are currently available in Nashville Citipass, Entertainment Book and PetSavers coupon books, as well as the Visit Music City discount book produced by Nashville’s Visitor and Convention Bureau. No other special discounts or promotions are planned at this time.
  • Do you offer a military discount? Will that change? Effective June 28, the Center will begin a new program, which will offer a discount of $2 off the general admission price per person for active military members and their immediate family members when visiting any day of the week (proof of military status required). Free admission on Sunday will be discontinued.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Will Members still get in free to see planetarium shows? Basic memberships do not include admission to planetarium shows. Because we value our ASC Members, all members will receive a discount on planetarium tickets. The new Family Deluxe Membership and ASC Contributing Memberships will include free passes to planetarium shows (the number of passes varies depending on the contribution level).

EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS

  • Can you tell me more about the new Sudekum Planetarium? At the center of the new Sudekum Planetarium is the GOTO Chiron optical star projector that fills the dome with more than 6.5 million stars (the previous star ball projected 2,500). This breathtakingly realistic night sky is combined with a Digistar 3, high-definition, full-dome system that projects images and animations of the wonders of the universe from horizon to horizon. No other planetarium in the country offers the seamless integration of these two technologies. The gently sloping seating and powerful 5.1 surround sound system give the visitors to the Sudekum a unique, immersive and exhilarating experience. Learn more about the new planetarium technology here.
  • Can you tell me more about the inaugural first show? The Sudekum Planetarium's inaugural show is called STARS. STARS is an original production narrated by actor Mark Hamill. Adventure Science Center has been working with National Space Centre in Leicester, England, to create this stunning 26-minute show exploring the powerhouses of the universe and man’s relationship with the night sky throughout history. Part of the “STARS” soundtrack is performed by The Nashville Symphony, conducted by Albert-George Schram, Resident conductor. “STARS” is made possible, in part, by a gift from SunTrust Bank, Inc.
  • What times are programs presented in the Sudekum Planetarium? See our show schedule for a complete listing of show times.
  • Is there a show about what’s visible in the current night sky? Sit back, relax, and watch the stars come out during Skies Over Nashville, a LIVE program that highlights the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the evening at this time of year. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions or even try to stump the presenter. Using the same technology as “STARS,” discover how to gain a better understanding of and connection with the universe by playing connect the dots.

IN THE SUDEKUM

  • Is there assigned seating in the Sudekum Planetarium? All of the seats in the planetarium are excellent. There is no assigned seating, but once you have purchased a ticket for a particular show, you are guaranteed a seat for that show time.
  • Can I bring my stroller into the planetarium? No. Strollers are not allowed in the planetarium.
  • Can I take a picture during a show in the planetarium? No photography, video or audio recording is permitted in the planetarium.
  • Is there handicapped seating in the planetarium? Yes. The Sudekum is wheelchair accessible, with designated companion seats.
  • If my schedule changes, can I exchange my ticket for another time? All ticket sales are final and cannot be changed.