What is a planetarium?

A planetarium is a theatre under a dome, specially designed to help you explore astronomy, space, and the night sky. Inside a planetarium, images appear all around you, not just in front of you – it makes you feel completely immersed in the action! 

Thinktank Planetarium

The new 4K planetarium system has brighter, sharper images and crystal clear surround-sound. It the only one of its kind in the West Midlands.

Step inside Thinktank’s Planetarium and explore the outer reaches of space, get up close to constellations, journey through the night-sky and adventure through the solar system!

Still from Planetarium show

In addition to astronomy, there will be shows that allow you to travel through the human body; dive under the ocean; shrink to the size of an atom or allow yourself to be immersed completely in music and light. See a trailer for the Ice World Trailer at the bottom of the page.

The planetarium is located on Level 3.

The seats and common touch points are sanitised regularly throughout the day. We encourage the use of face coverings when possible.

Planetarium Tickets

Planetarium shows are £2.50 per person per show in addition to admission price.

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis and can be purchased at the ticket desk on arrival. At peak times (particularly weekends and school holidays) tickets sell out very quickly and entry to the planetarium cannot be guaranteed for every visitor.

Groups larger than 10 should pay and pre-book a show before they visit: 0121 348 8001.

Special Events

Thinktank planetarium often runs special events during the year. These have included evening astronomy talks, solar observing and even theatrical productions. Visit the What's On for details of upcoming events.