T.C. Planetarium

sunset in planetarium show
  • "A Night with the Stars" at the Planetarium

    Join us as we explore space! T.C. Williams opens up its doors to the Alexandria Community one night of every month during the school year for a free hour-long show designed to bring the mysteries of the Universe down to Earth.

    The Planetarium at T.C. Williams is a valuable resource that supports students' ability to learn and understand science and is committed to high-quality astronomy and space science education services by providing outreach programs to students, families and the community. Programs offered through the Planetarium's Community Nights are intended to create an awareness of the cosmos, encourage creative thinking and inspire the next generation of explorers!

    Each month, families are invited to join Dr. Melissa Hamilton in the Planetarium at T.C. Williams High School for an exciting and educational hour-long presentation.

    Show Times

    All shows are on Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

    Register for a Program

    Registration is required for each session and opens on the first Monday of each month at approximately noon. Learn more about registration options.

    For Teachers

    If you are a classroom teacher and wish to schedule a planetarium visit for your class (in accordance with educational objectives), please contact Dr. Melissa Hamilton at planetarium@acps.k12.va.us or 703-824-6805 ext. 6300. The planetarium is open for school visits during the day on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

    The shows run 45 minutes to an hour and are aligned with the SOLs.

    For the Community

    A limited number of shows are available in the afternoon and evening for scout troops and organizations not affiliated with the Alexandria City Public Schools.

    Please contact Dr. Melissa Hamilton at planetarium@acps.k12.va.us or call (703) 824-6805 ext 6300.  Seating is limited to 40. A roster of all attendees must be submitted no later that 1 week prior to the show.  Visitor guidelines are attached.  While there is no charge for these shows, we do accept modest donations.