Public Planetarium Shows

Image of the planet Saturn and its rings
Public Programs

Ticket Purchases - Advance purchase of tickets for fee-based events can be made in person at the Museum, by phone with a credit/debit card, or online. Please call 269.373.7990 or 800.772.3370 or check out our calendar for today's shows.

All tickets are $3/person.

* Non-refundable tickets may be purchased up to 1 week ahead of a scheduled event. 
* Ticket holders must present their tickets 15 minutes prior their scheduled event start time, or forfeit their seat without refund should there be a wait list for other patrons. 

There is no late seating. Please arrive about 15 minutes early to purchase your tickets.

Current Programs

  • Family Show: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    Saturday 1 p.m.
    Sunday 2 p.m.
    March 17-June 10, 2018
    Grade K and up; 40 minutes
    The show opens with two children trying to decide what to make with a cardboard box their parents have discarded. As the day turns into dusk, they excitedly start assembling their cardboard rocket. After consulting their parents they discover that, though they want to travel millions and billions of miles away, that will only take them as far as the planets of our solar system. So, with the appropriate space ship supplies gathered, they grab their astronomy book and use their imagination to blast off. No sooner do they leave orbit than they find that they have been transported into space for real, and their astronomy book starts talking to them! Join in with the children as they take a fantastical voyage through the solar system with the help of a magical book and their own vivid imaginations.

  • Seasonal Stargazing Show: The Artists' Sky
    Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m.
    Saturday 2 p.m.
    March 17-June 14, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 45 minutes
    As long as people have looked up into the sky, they have been inspired to create art, expressing the beauty and wonder of the world around us. Experience the stars through the expression of story, song, painting, and music. The art of Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Holst, local artists, and many others brings the stars back down to Earth.

  • Feature Show: Habitat Earth - NEW SHOW
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 3 p.m.
    March 17-June 15, 2018
    Grades 4 and up; 25 minutes
    Vast networks of life forms interact with each other on many levels. Explore the living networks and environmental connections that exist on our planet and affect our daily lives, and discover what it means to live in a connected world.

  • Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    Saturday 4 p.m.
    March 17-June 9, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 45 minutes
    Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks from 1973 until 1988, longer than any other record in history. The music you know is taken to a new level when combined with stunningly crisp laser graphics and shown on the planetarium’s dome.

  • Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: From Earth to the Universe
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    March 18-April 22, 2018
    Grade 6 and up; 30 minutes
    The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths, and awe for as long as there have been people. From Earth to the Universe is a voyage through space and time that illustrates how science and technology have been used to reveal both the wonder and workings of the universe. Within this journey, revel in the splendor that makes up the worlds of our solar system, explore the birthplaces and remnants of stars that have died in their brilliant colors, and travel far beyond the Milky Way to the realm of the galaxies and the furthest reaches of the observable universe.

  • Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System - NEW SHOW
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    April 29-June 10, 2018
    Grade 8 and up; 27 minutes
    Join two teenagers as they discuss our solar system, the influence of the Sun, the motion of galaxies, and the possible findings of IBEX, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, which is being used to map the furthest reaches of our solar system.