Discovery Dome

The Discovery Dome is a portable full-dome theater surrounding viewers with roaring dinosaurs, fascinating planets, and explosive storms—all immersive, engaging, and realistic. Developed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Rice University, this theater offers a state-of-the-art visual learning experience that can address many different fields of science for any grade level.

  • High Definition Images – Museum-quality productions are projected by a computer-driven, state-of-the art projection system.
  • Convenient Show Lengths – Each show will engage viewers’ attention and is approximately 25 minutes long. Multiple shows can be viewed on the same day for the same school.
  • Low Maintenance – Two trained DSU students travel with the dome to take care of all set up and programming needs.
  • Fully Portable – The dome can easily travel to schools throughout Southwest North Dakota and beyond.
  • Meets Space Requirements – The dome has a 5-meter diameter circular footprint and is 10 feet tall. It easily fits into a school gymnasium or on most school stages.
  • Continuous Entry Door – The air-lock door permits constant entry and exit without disrupting the presentation. It features a stand-up entry door, no crawling or shoe removal necessary.
  • Large Seating Capacity – The dome comfortably seats 30 elementary students plus teachers.
  • No Cost to Hosting School* – There is no cost to request the dome visit a school in Southwest North Dakota. As of 2013, the Discovery Dome is grant funded by a STEM grant and a Math-Science Partnership grant.

*(For schools more than two hours from Dickinson, ND, a minimal fee may be required. Please contact us for more details.)

Click here to view a printable listing of our shows.

Click here to learn more about specific shows. 

Astronomy Shows

  • Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity
  • Astronomy: 3000 Years of Stargazing
  • Birth of The Solar System
  • Black Holes
  • Chronicle of A Journey to Earth
  • Extrasolar Planets: Discovering New Worlds
  • Ibex: Search for The Edge of The Solar System
  • Moles: What Is Out There?
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
  • Saturn: The Ring World
  • Seasonal Stargazing
  • Secret of The Cardboard Rocket
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
  • We Choose Space
  • X-Planets: Discovering Other Earths

Earth Science Shows

  • Climate Change: What Future Are We Facing?
  • Dinosaur Prophecy
  • Earth’s Wild Ride
  • Force Five
  • Impact!
  • Night of The Titanic

Biology Shows

  • Life of Trees
  • Lucy’s Cradle
  • Oceans in Space
  • The Body Code

History Shows

  • Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity
  • Night of The Titanic
  • Secrets of The Dead Sea

The Discovery Dome is owned by Dickinson State University and sponsored by a STEM grant and a Math-Science Partnership grant.

For more information, contact:
Dept. of Natural Sciences
Dickinson State University