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: Perfect Little Planet
    Monday-Friday 11 a.m.
    Saturday 1 p.m.
    Sunday 2 p.m.
    June 16-September 9
    Grade K and up; 35 minutes
    Imagine the ultimate space vacation. Discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Uranus's moon Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms on Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

  • Seasonal Stargazing Show: The Treasures of the Great Lakes
    Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m.
    Saturday 2 p.m.
    June 16-September 8, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 45 minutes
    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.

  • Feature Show: Journey to Space
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 3 p.m.
    June 16 - September 9, 2018
    Grades 4 and up; 40 minutes
    Humans have an inherent need to explore what lies beyond the next horizon. This drive combined with emerging technologies from sailing ships, air travel, and rockets has opened up new vistas for us to contemplate. Where will humans go in the future following the Space Shuttle program? What might these future missions look like, and what are problems of long-term space flight that must be solved as we learn how to journey beyond our planet?

  • Music Light Shows: Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
    Saturday 4 p.m.
    June 16-September 8, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 50 minutes
    This music light show features the music of Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here" synchronized with video light effects created by Starlight Productions.

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    Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: Out There - The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    June 17 - September 9, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 30 minutes
    For thousands of years, mankind thought Earth was the center of the Universe. Yet thanks to our curiosity, imagination, and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, such as the VLT in Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope, we are able to explore more and more of the universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets—it turns out they are more common than we thought. A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.