Public Planetarium Shows

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Public Programs

Note: The planetarium will be closed for upgrades November 6-16, 2016

Ticket Purchases - Advance purchase of tickets for fee-based events can be made in person at the Museum or by phone with a credit/debit card. Call 269.373.7990 or 800.772.3370.

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.

Current Shows

  • Family Program: One World, One Sky
    Monday-Friday at 11 am; Saturday at 1 pm; Sunday at 2 pm
    June 18-September 16, 2016
    Join Big Bird, Elmo, and their Chinese friend, Hu Hu Zhu, exploring the sky they share. Discover the Big Dipper and North Star, and take an imaginary trip to the Moon with Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu.

  • Stargazing Program: Treasures of the Great Lakes

    Tues & Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 2 p.m.
    June 18-September 15, 2016
    The Great Lakes, formed by retreating glaciers, have been navigated by ships carrying resources and finished goods to and from the surrounding region. Learn how navigators on the Great Lakes have used the night sky and lighthouses to guide them to their destinations. Discover how you can use bright stars as “lighthouses” to guide you through the constellations..

  • Featured Program: Secrets of the Sun
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 3 p.m.
    June 18-September 16, 2016
    The story of our star is explored in Secrets of the Sun. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, discover the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. Learn about the Sun's origin and move forward in time to its ultimate death.

Fall Shows beginning September 17, 2016

  • Family Program: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    Monday-Friday at 11 am; Saturday at 1 pm; Sunday at 2 pm
    September 17 - November 23, 2016
    Join in the story of two children who build a rocket out of a cardboard box and take a fantastical voyage through the solar system with the help of a magical book and their own vivid imaginations.

  • Stargazing Program: From Earth to the Universe

    Tues & Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 2 p.m.
    September 17 - November 22, 2016
    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 the processes of science and technology have been used to reveal both the wonder and workings of the Universe to man. 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.

  • Featured Program: Dinosaurs at Dusk
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 3 p.m.
    September 17 - November 23, 2016
    Propel yourself back through time to explore an Earth teeming with the feathered dinosaurs that are likely the ancestors of modern-day birds. Join Lucy and her father as they fly through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous, looking for clues about the origins of flight. Traveling by a variety of off-road vehicles and an ultra-light airplane across an ever-changing planet, soar with our protagonists through wide open canyons, sail over tumultuous oceans, hike through tropical rain forests, and climb large ice cliffs, all the while chasing, and sometimes running away from, all manner of dinosaurs. When time runs out, experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs.

  • Music Light Show: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    Saturdays at 4 p.m.
    Art Hop Fridays at 8 p.m.
    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.

  • Music Light Show: Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
    Sundays at 4 p.m.
    Art Hop Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
    Music from the classic rock album by Pink Floyd.