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

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Grossology & You





What’s the most important system of the human body — immune, respiratory or digestive? The animated adventure “Grossology and You” draws a teen-age boy into a lively, colorful, hilarious game show, where he encounters host Noreen Neuron and three unusual contestants (rapper Scabby, disco diva Boogie and rocker Flatus). Together, they show him how every system of his body works together to keep him healthy. Sometimes the process is just a little gross … and great!


This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. This presentation and all related materials are based on the book “Grossology and You” published by Price Stern Sloan. GROSSOLOGY® is a registered trademark of Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. Friday at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.



Laser Beatles


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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a short drive from Morganton, Statesville, Lenoir, Lincolnton, and Western NC.

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