Planetarium

Image of tree line with the Milky Way above.
Public Planetarium Programs

Explore the universe, travel through time, or dive to the bottom of the Great Lakes. You will discover a new adventure with each visit to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum planetarium.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum front desk, in advance, by phone with a credit/debit card by calling (269) 373-7990 or (800) 772-3370 , or online.

Tickets are $3 per person. Children 2 and under are free.

* Non-refundable tickets may be purchased up to a week in advance. 
* Ticket holders must present tickets 15 minutes prior to start time or forfeit their seat without refund, if there is a wait list for other patrons. 
*Tickets are available online up to six hours before a show. If you have questions or need assistance, please call (269) 373-7990 during Museum hours.

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

Current Programs

  • Graphic title image from the planetarium show Polaris: The Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night
    NEW SHOW!
    Polaris: The Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night

    Monday-Friday 11 a.m. (No shows on March 3, 2019)
    Saturday 1 p.m.
    January 5 - March 15, 2019
    Grade 3 and up
    Follow the adventures of a penguin and polar bear who meet on the Arctic Sea ice. These two become fast friends who use the scientific method and build a unique spaceship to investigate ice, the seasons, and the planets.

  • Graphic title image from the planetarium show Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
    2 p.m.
    January 5 - March 15, 2019
    Grade K and up
    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.

  • Graphic logo for the plantearium show Michigan Skies Live
    MI Skies Live! (No shows on March 3, 2019)
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
    2 p.m.
    January 5 - March 14, 2019
    Grade 4 and up
    Within this live, participatory program, come learn about some of the "celestial wonders" that can be seen overhead here in Michigan. From constellations to passes of the Space Station, you'll be able to enjoy the sky from your own backyard.

  • Graphic Logo for the plaentarium show Invaders of Mars
    Invaders of Mars
    Daily (No shows on March 2-3, 2019)
    3 p.m.
    Grade 5 and up
    Orbiting spacecraft from Earth gather information about great chasms, canyons, and volcanoes on Mars. Robotic landers explore the icy caps and experience the dust devils and storms that sweep across the Martian surface.

  • Text The Wall across a white brick background
    Pink Floyd's The Wall
    EARLY START TIME 3:45 p.m.
    Saturdays
    January 5 - March 9, 2019 (No shows on March 3, 2019)
    Grade 5 and up
    Experience “The Wall” like never before. Our Pink Floyd series culminates with the band’s 11th studio album set to stunning computer graphics.

  • Text The Hot and Energetic Universe on a yellow and red background
    The Hot and Energetic Universe
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    Febrary 10 - March 10, 2019
    Grade 7 and up
    Imagine trying to understand a novel while being limited to only a few pages. Astronomers have been limited in their ability to "read" the electromagnetic spectrum since most of it is invisible to the human eye. Today, we are beginning to understand more about stars and galaxies by using observatories in space that are able to detect and allow us to image energies in the ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma ray wavelengths. These extremely short and energetic wavelengths are helping us better understand some of the most violent and bizarre events and processes in the universe. From black holes, pulsars, and quasars to the Big Bang, come learn about the objects that exist in our Hot and Energetic Universe.