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 30 minutes before each show.

    Please note:
  • VIP ticket holders are invited to enjoy early seat selection in the planetarium, starting from 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.
  • Water, fruit snacks and candy bars are available for sale at the ticket window.

Venue Information

The Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium

The MMSD Planetarium serves more than 23000 annually from the Madison and south-central Wisconsin area.
The planetarium delivers fulldome, video based projections for many different experiences. This includes interactive programs by reservation for school groups, monthly evening public planetarium shows during the school year, and fulldome commercial planetarium shows such as “Lights Out - Eclipses Whys, Wonders and Wows”, “Mars: The Ultimate Voyage”, “Magic Globe” or “Living in Balance - Anishinaabe Star Knowledge” as well as immersive experiences like the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 50th Anniversary and Mesmerica programs.

The MMSD Planetarium is located in Madison, Wisconsin’s west side at Vel Phillips Memorial High School.
The planetarium has upgraded from its original Spitz AP3 projector to the latest technology with the Digistar 7 projection system.
Current upgrades replace the planetarium’s two incandescent projectors with state of the art tech as well as the audio system to a tuned native 5.1 surround sound system. Combined, this unique environment allows for an amazing, 360-degree immersive experience.


Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Planetarium, Vel Phillips Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53717


As seating is on a first come, first served basis, it is recommended that you allow at least 30 minutes from the time you arrive at parking to the start of your show.

Located on the northeast corner at the intersection of Gammon and Mineral Point Roads, on Madison’s far west side (near West Towne Mall)... parking is available in our large lot on the Mineral Point Road side of the building. You can enter the building through the doors under the Welcome Center awning and proceed straight ahead to our cafeteria area where one turn to the left brings you right to the planetarium’s entrance.


The MMSD Planetarium has wheelchair spaces in the theater. If attending with a larger group requiring wheelchair access, please let us know in advance as we have 3 additional seats that can be removed to accommodate your needs



Find out more about the MMSD Planetariums other events & programme by visiting their website here: