Take a Seat Under the Stars

Name a seat in Carnegie Science Center’s astonishing Buhl Planetarium

Transforming The Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory

The story of Carnegie Science Center begins 80 years ago, with the Buhl Planetarium & Institute of Popular Science. First opening its doors in October 1939 on Pittsburgh’s North Side, it was the fifth major planetarium in the U.S. In October 1991, the newly established Carnegie Science Center continued its legacy at a new location with the opening of The Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory. Since then, Buhl Planetarium has been a “theater of the stars” enjoyed by generations of Pittsburghers, with in-house produced theatric shows distributed to 1,500 planetariums around the world and translated into 18 different languages. Now it is time to refine the Buhl Planetarium once again.

 

Original Buhl Planetarium

 

Take a Seat Under the Stars Campaign

Carnegie Science Center invites you to take part in an exciting opportunity to support the Buhl Planetarium Upgrade Project in an affordable, meaningful way by participating in the Take a Seat Under the Stars Campaign. By purchasing a seat, you will generate funds for immediate use to support additional planetarium upgrades and the development of new, state-of-the-art programming.

The Take a Seat Under the Stars Campaign offers a unique chance to celebrate a loved one, honor a STEM advocate, or give a memorable gift to “the person who has everything” by leaving them a legacy at the Carnegie Science Center for years to come. Seats in the Buhl Planetarium have never been available for naming, so don’t miss out!

Your donation will allow you to choose a name to engrave on a plaque prominently affixed to the armrest of the seat. Your plaque will remain affixed to the seat for 15 years and serve as a reminder to future audiences that your personal commitment helped to make their Buhl Planetarium experience possible.

You can dedicate a seat:

  • As an individual, couple, or family
  • For your children, grandchildren, or parents
  • In memory of a loved one’s enthusiasm for the Buhl Planetarium and Carnegie Science Center
  • With the name of a corporation or organization
  • Honoring a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion

 

Guests wearing protective masks sitting in the planetarium

 

The Difference You’ll Make

Enhancements to the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory have already begun thanks to incredible community support. They include a new Sony projection system that utilizes 10 projectors to create a seamless, synchronized True8K high resolution image— at least 8,000 pixels across every full 180-degree arc on the dome. Plus, every single panel on Buhl Planetarium’s 50-foot-wide Pierce Family Dome was removed and replaced with brand new Spitz NanoSeam panels, manufactured in Pennsylvania, providing a new canvas for the cosmos. New Evans & Sutherland Digistar 7 Software features an extensive library of planetary models, real-time 3D computer graphics, and a catalog that incorporates data from dozens of organizations all over the world to generate the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the universe. Buhl Planetarium visitors can now travel to other stars and even exoplanets and fly through 3D digital nebulae based on volumetric data.

But don’t worry, you haven’t missed the opportunity to join those helping to bring the planetarium into an exciting future. We’re still writing the next chapter, which will include adding accessibility upgrades to the physical entrance and theater so that visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy its high-quality programming.

Your support will have a stellar impact. It will allow us to:

  • Expand accessibility with new assistive listening devices, closed-captioning glasses, open-captioned iPads, tactile reproductions of the night sky for visitors with vision impairments, and accessible, moveable seating.
  • Refresh the theater with new carpeting, lighting, and interactive features.
  • Develop new feature programming that can be distributed around the world.

We invite you to Take a Seat Under the Stars. We’re positive you’ll enjoy the view!

Please let us know which seat you would like.

If you have any questions or prefer to make your gift in another way, please contact Julie Segner at SegnerJ@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Click on the image below to view a PDF of the seating chart in a new window.

 

Buhl Planetarium Seating Chart

Children enjoying a laser show in the planetarium






















GIVING LEVELS AND BENEFITS

Give $3,000 and become a Supergiant Supporter!

Limited to 19 supporters

BENEFITS:

  • One (1) Supergiant Giant seat located in Row F or G of the Buhl Planetarium
  • Invitation to a Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars donors
  • Invitations to three (3) Virtual Star Parties
  • Cosmic item from the XPLOR Store and BNY Mellon Fab Lab
  • Invitation to attend The Rangos Giant Cinema Annual Donor Screening

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Give $2,500 and become a Bright Giant Supporter!

Limited to 34 supporters

BENEFITS:

  • One (1) Bright Giant seat located in Row D or E of the Buhl Planetarium
  • Invitation to a Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars donors
  • Invitations to three (3) Virtual Star Parties
  • Cosmic item from the XPLOR Store and BNY Mellon Fab Lab
  • Invitation to attend the The Rangos Giant Cinema Annual Donor Screening

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Give $1,500 and become a Blue Giant Supporter!

Limited to 20 supporters

BENEFITS:

  • One (1) Blue Giant seat located in Row C of the Buhl Planetarium
  • Invitation to a Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars Donors
  • Invitations to two (2) Virtual Star Parties
  • Cosmic item from the XPLOR Store and BNY Mellon Fab Lab

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Give $1,000 and become a Yellow Giant Supporter!

Limited to 21 supporters

BENEFITS:

  • One (1) Yellow Giant seat located in Row B of the Buhl Planetarium
  • Invitation to a Buhl Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars Donors
  • Invitations to two (2) Virtual Star Parties
  • Cosmic item from the XPLOR Store and BNY Mellon Fab Lab

GIVE NOW >

Give $500 and become a Red Giant Supporter!

Limited to 13 supporters

BENEFITS:

  • One (1) Red Giant seat located in Row A of the Buhl Planetarium
  • Invitation to a Buhl Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars Donors
  • Invitation to one (1) Virtual Star Party
  • Cosmic item from the XPLOR Store

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Give $250

Unlimited # of supporters

BENEFITS:

  • Invitation to a Buhl Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars Donors
  • Invitation to one (1) Virtual Star Party
  • Cosmic item from the XPLOR Store 

GIVE NOW >

Give $100

Unlimited # of supporters

BENEFITS:

  • Invitation to a Buhl Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars Donors
  • Invitation to one (1) Virtual Star Party

GIVE NOW >

Give $50

Unlimited # of supporters

BENEFITS:

  • Invitation to a Buhl Planetarium show exclusively for Take a Seat Under the Stars Donors

GIVE NOW >

Give $25

Unlimited # of supporters

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