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Morrison Planetarium
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Owner description: This observatory has a custom-made telescope that projects a field of 3,800 stars.
Reviewed December 28, 2011

something most exciting. If you have time go there, documentary you will see in planetarium is really great!!!

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Reviewed November 15, 2010

My 19-year-old daughter and I visited on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. We bought our tickets at the front window at 12:22 pm ($21.95 for a student with a AAA discount & $26.95 for an adult with a AAA discount), then went inside to have lunch at the cafe, which was very crowded & equally overpriced ($10 for a small serving of rigatoni). At 1:20 pm, we went to the entrance of the planetarium, but was told that all of the "passes" had already been distributed for the entire day & we would not be able to see the show. Needless to say, I was livid since we specifically traveled 2 1/2 hours to see the planetarium, not the museum or aquarium. The woman at the planetarium entrance continued to say, "There are signs all over that state you must come to the planetarium to get a pass to enter, it's also printed on your tickets (which it is), and that it is first come, first served." I explained that I did not see any signs &, when I purchased the tickets, nothing was mentioned then, & I did not read the tickets because I was not aware that I needed to read them, only that they were my proof to get through the entrance. I then went to the Customer Service desk & was told the same thing. I asked for a refund, but was told I needed to see a supervisor. The supervisor then repeated that the "passes" are 1st come, 1st served, & when I explained that we traveled specifically to see the planetarium, he then went inside the planetarium & came out with 4 passes: 2 for the 3:30 show & 2 for the 4:30 showing. I chose the 3:30 show, so we had to wait two hours. When my daughter was younger, about 8 years ago, we had seen the show & thoroughly enjoyed it. The planetarium then shut down for 5-6 years & reopened 2 years ago. It is now 100% digital (no longer with the projector in the middle of the room) & is almost like a movie theater. The planetariums I have visited over the years showed the nighttime skies & pointed out the constellations & other planets, & this one had 8 years ago, but the show now is completely different. It was more like a science lesson & was very disappointing. Graphically, it was wonderful because it was in 3-D, but they did not show the nighttime sky, nor point out the stars or constellations in relevance to our view from the earth. They talked about cells, how life began on Earth, its core, microscopic life, etc. It seemed more like a program from The Discovery Channel. They explained the theory of evolution, although the word "theory" was never mentioned. My daughter was also disappointed ~ it wasn't anything like she remembered and that's what she (and I) was excited about seeing. Also, there were empty seats at this show, which means that people with passes either didn't show up or they didn't give out enough passes. Thoroughly disappointed and I wouldn't recommend the planetarium to anyone.

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Reviewed August 9, 2004

loved it the first time I went with friends, but this time we had a shock when we realised it was closed and will not be open for a few years. I think it's going to be closed till 2008, so remember not to go there, otherwise it'll be a wasted trip. But I did have a good time in San Francisco.

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