Public Planetarium Shows
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.
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.
Art Hop Music Light Show: Magic of the Otherworld
Friday at 8 p.m.
August 5, 2016
Audiences journey through the Otherworld-- a magical place born from the mythology of many cultures. It's a place of legends, where mythical creatures once existed in harmony among the mountains, islands, springs, and forests. Magic of the Otherworld is a relaxing odyssey through imaginary vistas, set to the lush sounds of harp music.
Summer Hands-on Wednesday Shows
Sky Legends of the Three Fires
July 27, 2016
Gather around a flickering campfire with Larry Plamondon, known as Two Hawks, for three stories about the night sky. These stories, from the Native American people of western and northern Michigan, explain how stars were scattered across the sky, the Milky Way, and the Big Dipper.
Stars of the Pharaohs
August 3, 2016
Egyptians used observations of the night sky to raise the pyramids, monitor the passage of time, cultivate their understanding of the natural world, and form a basis for many of their religious beliefs. The 2,500-year-old Temple of Hathor and the Tomb of Tut-ankh-amon are reconstructed in computer graphics, revealing the details that explain the Egyptian beliefs. These temples were aligned with the stars so precisely that some people have speculated they were designed by aliens. The Egyptians used the stars and moon to create the 24-hour day, a 360-day lunar calendar, and a 365-day solar calendar to regulate civic events. They thought of the stars as oil lamps or boats carrying their gods across the sky. Even the rising of the sun was never guaranteed. The sun deity, Ra, traveled through the dangerous underworld to rise each day.
In My Backyard
August 10, 2016
Through story and song, children’s entertainer Fred Penner invites you to his backyard to explore the changes of the seasons, the concepts of day and night, our Earth, its moon, neighboring planets, and familiar constellations such as the Big Dipper. It’s a fun exploration of the world around us.
Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
June 29-August 10, 2016
Travel through an amusement park that spans the Solar System. Computer generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets.