Public Planetarium Shows

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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 Program: One World, One Sky
    Monday-Friday at 11 am; Saturday at 1 pm; Sunday at 2 pm
    September 16-November 22, 2017
    No shows on Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Join Big Bird, Elmo, and their Chinese friend, Hu Hu Zhu, exploring the sky they share. Big Bird starts us off by directing our attention to the daytime sky above, including the Sun, which is actually a star. Stars are just like our sun, but shining farther away. Following the sunset, kids can use their imagination to make shapes by connecting the stars they see. While stargazing, Big Bird points out the Big Dipper, a popular constellation in the night sky. Hu Hu Zhu teaches us how to say “hi,” “Big Dipper,” “moon,” and even sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in Chinese. Without a space ship, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu need our help imagining what it would be like to go to the Moon. Once there, they discover that being on the Moon is different from being on Earth. They see the Earth as if it were a moon in the sky, and the stars look the same as they do from China or from home.


  • Stargazing Program: Two Small Pieces of Glass

    Tues & Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 2 p.m.
    September 16-November 21, 2017
    No shows on Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Join two young teens who decide to attend a Star Party, where their teacher and other astronomers have set up telescopes for star gazing. There, they learn about different kinds of telescopes and how they work while hearing about Hans Lippershey, who took two small pieces of glass and fit them into a tube in 1608 that allowed people to see things far away. Within a year, Galileo had read an account of Lippershey's device and decided to build his own telescope. Turning his instrument skyward, Galileo was able to make observations that would help prove the Sun-centered solar system that was first proposed by Nicholas Copernicus. Two Small Pieces of Glass is a concise history of the optical telescope which highlights key discoveries and instruments that have helped man better understand his place in the universe.


  • Featured Program: The First Stargazers
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 3 p.m.
    September 16-November 22, 2017
    No shows on Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who has visited Earth many times before. Witness the very first stargazer making a Moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover the ancient pyramids of Giza and their alignment to the skies. See stunning digital re-creations of the Parthenon, Alexandria Library, Stonehenge, and Abu Simbel Temple, and be inspired by the first stargazers who laid down the foundations of modern-day astronomy.


  • Music Light Show: U2
    Saturdays at 4 p.m.; Art Hop Fridays at 8 p.m.
    September 16-November 18, 2017
    You’ve heard the band—now see the music. State-of-the-art laser animation graphics set to the music of U2. Songs include Where the Streets Have No Name, Pride (In the Name of Love), Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways, and With or Without You. It's out of this world!


  • Music Light Show: Pink Floyd's The Wall
    Sundays at 3:45p.m.; Art Hop Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
    September 17-November 19, 2017
    Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

    Pink Floyd: The Wall'' is the story of a traumatized English rock star. Weary and alienated, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Through imagery, the film's intent is to provide social commentary on racism, fascism, capitalism and warmongering. It is meant for adult audiences and includes representations of sex, drug use, violence and profanity.

    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!