Mesmerica PGA Award
Mesmerica Center for Conscious Creativity Award
Mesmerica Jena Fulldome Award
Mesmerica DTLA Film Festival
Mesmerica 360 Awards

Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world, creating an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and stimulate your mind and senses...

“I want 'Mesmerica' to inspire you into taking a journey with me inside the mind, to engage your senses and feelings with a miraculous alchemy of sound and light!”

- James Hood, Show Creator

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Meet James Hood

the artist behind Mesmerica...

James Hood is renowned as a vital and versatile musical pioneer - especially with his work on the PanART hang, a uniquely mesmeric melodic instrument, and for his collaborations with international animation artists.

His lengthy and varied musical resumé includes playing drums in The Pretenders, an ongoing two-decades-plus run as mastermind of the visionary ambient/electronica act Moodswings, and an expansive array of production and soundtrack projects.

What is Mesmerica?

This family-friendly, mind-expanding projection experience is designed to relieve stress, and is suitable for all ages 6 years and above.

Come and leave your troubles at the door as we take you on a fantastic journey into awe-inspiring imaginary landscapes.

How do I book tickets?

Tickets for Mesmerica can be purchased here

A limited number of seats are available each performance, so to avoid disappointment please book your Mesmerica tickets early, especially if booking groups.

Are there any promo codes?

Yes! We offer 10% off discounts for families, groups and returning guests.

When selecting your tickets look for ‘Redeem coupon/voucher’ text below your Shopping Cart, underneath your carts Total. Discounts apply to the entire cart.

MESMERICAFAMILY - 10% off for adults booking with children

MESMERICAGROUP - 10% off when booking 6 or more tickets

MESMERICASOUL - 10% off if you have seen Mesmerica before

Planning a visit for a large group?
We have the following discounts available;

15% off for bookings of 20-49 tickets, 20% off 50+ tickets
(discounts are applied automatically in checkout!)

Simply add any combination of ticket types and the discount should apply automatically once you reach the correct number of tickets in your shopping cart.

How do I contact the Box Office?

Please direct all customer service enquiries to our Mesmerica Box Office Team

All tickets are 100% refundable up to 30 days prior to the date of your event.

Our Customer Service Team aim to reply within 5 hours between the hours of 10am to 10pm (PT).

Is the show suitable for guests who are prone to seizures or motion sickness?

There are no strobe lights used in the production but there are some fast image and light transitions, so we would advise caution for those who suffer from seizures. Equally, while the vast majority of our patrons have an amazing time with no issues, a small minority who are very susceptible to motion sickness find immersive entertainment slightly uncomfortable, so we would advise caution if you fall into this camp.

Is the show suitable for autistic people?

We have found that autistic people LOVE our shows! Please note the venue is dark and there is surround sound. We advise sitting at the end of a row if you think a quick exit might be required. Our on-site staff will assist if you alert them at check-in.

What are your Covid safety policies?

We are committed to following state and federal guidelines.
Should any precautions be required for a particular show, you will receive an email confirming the policies in place for the show you are attending.

If you are not comfortable with these our customer service team will gladly assist you moving your tickets to a later showing.

For further information, see our Covid Safety Guidelines


Show Times & Seating Schedule

  • Check-in begins 45 minutes before each show.

    Please note:
  • VIP ticket holders are invited to enjoy early seat selection in the planetarium, up to 15 minutes before show start time.
  • Seating is on a “first come first serve” basis.
    We suggest that you arrive early to have the best pick of seating for your group.
  • Due to the dark environment of our theater, please plan to arrive on time and before the show starts. Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • Wheelchair accessible seating is available at the top of the theater.
  • Refreshments are offered at theConcession Stand, located at the entrance to the IMAX® Dome Theater, including fresh popcorn, assorted candies, and bottled soft drinks. The concession stand opens fifteen minutes before the first scheduled movie and closes after the last queued guest is served following the final scheduled movie of the day.

Venue Information

John W. Woods IMAX® Dome Theater at McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman’s department store building and is the cornerstone of Birmingham, Alabama’s downtown revitalization. Explorers from ages 1 to 100 flock year-round to see, hear, touch, and experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues.

The John W. Woods IMAX® Dome Theater features 250 seats beneath a 5-story, 79’ diameter tilted dome screen that fills your entire field of vision. Welcome to the pinnacle of cinematic immersion! Featuring a revolutionary IMAX® with Laser projection system, McWane Science Center’s Theater is the only IMAX® Dome in the Southeast. The 2024 season at The John W. Woods IMAX® Dome is presented by Regions Bank.


John W. Woods IMAX® Dome Theater at McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203


Your Mesmerica tickets permit you entry to the planetarium for the performance time you have booked for, no other tickets need to be purchased for you to attend!

However, you can get the full McWane experience by visiting the Adventure Halls before or after your IMAX® Dome showing!
To purchase tickets to the Adventure Halls or for more information, please visit

To visit the McWane Science Center adventure halls, their opening times are:
Monday-Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Friday: 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-5PM
Sunday: 12 PM-5 PM


McWane Science Center’s parking deck offers safe and convenient parking on 2nd Avenue North. Payment is required upon exiting the deck. Toll machines at the exit accept pre-purchased tokens, debit/credit cards, or cash in denominations of $1, $5, $10, or $20. Tokens may be purchased at the ticketing counter inside the lobby during business hours.