The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium will be presenting our exciting, family-friendly public shows on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Thursday and Friday evenings, and one Saturday afternoon each month. Visit the ‘Now Playing’ page of this website for info about the public shows currently scheduled and the times that they are offered. Watch fascinating previews of these shows on the ‘All Shows’ page of this website.

Come enjoy fascinating public shows not only about astronomy and science, but also on a wide variety of topics like dinosaurs, humpback whales, extreme weather, and many others to expand your mind and fire your imagination. Tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth on the west end of Lamar Bruni Vergara Science building near the glass pyramid.

The planetarium has a state-of-the-art projection system that projects a video image on our whole dome immersing the audience in the scene like virtual reality. We invite you to come and treat yourself to a fun and spectacular surround experience.

Make a reservation for one of our thrilling and engaging shows for all ages for your private or business group. Fun hands-on activity sessions available for school groups extend and apply concepts learned during our shows. Want to plan an amazing, kid-pleasing, out-of-this-world Birthday Party? Simply schedule a Birthday show with snacks and drinks included at special pricing for your large or small party. See our Group Visits webpage for details and click on the Reservation Form link to request a group show. Monitor our website and our Facebook page for the latest information on the public shows offered and the dates and times.

Visit the ‘On-Demand’ page of our website and take a virtual guided tour of constellations, planets, and other magnificent objects in the current sky. You can also request an emailed link to view a currently posted full-length free planetarium show and watch fascinating virtual presentations about astronomy and other topics of interest at your convenience. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium soon. - Planetarium Director



TAMIU’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium Debuts its Award-Winning New Show, “Backyard Wilderness” in Celebration of its 18th Anniversary and Earth Day on Saturday, April 15th

The exciting new show, “Backyard Wilderness,” captures the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Winning many awards, including ‘Best Children’s Film’ at the International Wildlife Film Festival, ‘Best Creativity Film’ at Beijing International Film Festival, and Gold Awards for Best Short Documentary, Best Family/Children’s Film, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography at the 52nd Annual Worldfest, this film covers a seasonal year around a suburban home, displaying a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, revealing its inhabitants in breathtaking intimacy.

This immersive, hemispheric, digital film follows the daily dramas of common animals - like the turtle, heron, frog, raccoon and dragonfly - juxtaposed with the activities of nearby humans more concerned with their computer screens, mobile devices, and the endless pursuit of money and sucess. It tells the story of our disconnect with nature, aiming to inspire a new and transformative connection with the natural world around us.

Celebrating both its 18th anniversary and Earth Day, Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is debuting this award-winning show in three showings on Saturday, April 15th, along with showings of its very popular films, “Dinosaurs; Giants of Patagonia,” and “Humpback Whales.”  The show schedule is listed below:

12:00 PM

Backyard Wilderness

12:45 PM

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

1:30 PM

Backyard Wilderness

2:15 PM

Humpback Whales

3:00 PM

Backyard Wilderness


Children and their parents will be able to start their own free ‘Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden’ in a pot by planting seeds of wildflowers that will create a butterfly and hummingbird habitat on their own yard, patio, or balcony. They can also choose their favorite woodland animal and create a free headband. Hot dogs, popcorn, candy, snacks, and beverages will be on sale at the Planetarium during this exciting event. Admission will be charged for the Planetarium shows. For more information about the film, “Backyard Wilderness,”  and to watch a trailer, visit the film’s website at https://backyardwildernessfilm.com/ or the Planetarium’s webpage at https://www.tamiu.edu/planetarium/planetariumshows.shtml

Director’s Message

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is a community outreach of Texas A&M International University serving the students and public of south Texas.  We live in an extraordinary age of exploration of our universe.  Our goal is to fire the imaginations of young people about discovering the wonders of life on our earth, the wonders of our universe, and the fascinating journey of scientific discovery, encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM areas. We also endeavor to inform and entertain the public with shows featuring many of the fascinating places in our universe that are being discovered every day.  We do this with our state-of-art projection system that immerses our audience, surrounding them completely with a spectacular audio-visual extravaganza.  Come explore the universe with us at the speed of imagination!

TAMIU's Amazing Planetarium: A Virtual Tour


Enjoy an exciting behind-the-scenes virtual tour of TAMIU's Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. Get a close-up look at the planetarium's state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system and the impressive digital technology utilized to project stunning 360-degree immersive video on its large dome, which is housed in an eye-catching glass pyramid with a gold pinnacle. Experience this fascinating video tour!


About Us

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium, named after a Laredo philanthropist, opened to public in April 2005. At that time, it was one of only 14 new-generation Digistar 3 digital projectors in the United States. The 40 foot dome of the planetarium is inside a four-sided glass pyramid topped with a gold leaf pinnacle. The glass pyramid planetarium building is a shining beacon at Texas A&M International University, and is one of the foremost attractions of Laredo. The Planetarium was upgraded in 2014 to a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system from one of the leading planetarium manufacturing companies in the world which can show the view from any part of the known universe.  One of the most sophisticated planetariums in the State of Texas, this system has two 4K digital projectors that display a 360˚ video image on our 40 foot dome that is 8 times the resolution of 1080i HD television. Eight to ten times brighter than the previous projection system, this system immerses the audience in a truly spectacular visual environment with great depth of field and rich colors which has to be seen to be appreciated!  The upgraded 5.1 surround sound system provides an immersive auditory experience, truly making you feel that you are there, whether on an alien planet, deep in space, or somewhere here on earth.

To get an idea what it is like to be immersed in a video show extravaganza at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium please click on our planetarium commercial link below. 



Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium and Science Center
5201 University Boulevard, Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center 373A, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956.326.3128 | Fax: 956.326.2459 | E-mail: planetarium@tamiu.edu

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