Public Planetarium Shows

Image of tree line with the Milky Way above.
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. 
*Tickets are available online up to six hours before a performance. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 269-373-7990 during Museum hours.

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

Current Programs

  • Graphic title image from the planetarium show The Little Star that Could
    Family Show: The Little Star that Could
    Monday-Friday 11 a.m.
    Saturday 1 p.m.
    Sunday 2 p.m.
    September 15-November 21, 2018
    Grades 1-3; 40 minutes
    Within a cloud of interstellar gas, a condensation forms and warms up until the little star is born. As the little star looks around, he sees a sky filled with stars. Visiting with an old star, he learns that stars should have planets to travel along with them. The little star sets off on a search to find planets of his own. Along his journey, the little star meets cool red stars and hot blue-white stars. He meets double stars, a star cluster, and finally the Milky Way. His final lesson is that planets form with stars, and that he has a collection of nine planets orbiting around him. The planets give the little star his name, Sol, and they form his solar system, which lives in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way.

  • Seasonal Stargazing Show: Halloween: Celestial Origins
    Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m.
    Saturday 2 p.m.
    September 15-November 20, 2018
    Grade 6 and up; 25 minutes
    What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-treating, costumes… astronomy? After all, Halloween is an astronomical holiday! Learn the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day” during this show. Using astronomy, the year is divided into eight categories: spring and fall equinoxes, winter and summer solstices, and four cross-quarter days. These cross-quarter days, which have become minor holidays, are February 2 (Groundhog Day), May 1 (May Day, also known as Beltane), August 1 (Lammas Day or Lughnasadh), and October 31 (Halloween). We will also explore the night sky and learn what planets, constellations, and stars will be out on your Halloween evening.

  • Feature Show: NEW SHOW! - Mystery of the Great Lakes
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 3 p.m.
    September 15-November 21, 2018
    All Ages; 45 minutes
    It takes a drop of water nearly 400 years to travel from the headwaters of Lake Superior to the edge of Lake Ontario. Along the way, the water passes by towering cliffs dotted with early Native American pictographs, caribou and moose grazing on the shores, towering trees with massive eagle nests and their majestic occupants, giant prehistoric sturgeon lurking among thousands of shipwrecks, and nearly 40 million people who live along the more than 10,000 miles of coastline. It is a dramatic journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Now, you can witness the Mysteries of the Great Lakes on the planetarium dome.

  • Music Light Shows: U2
    Saturday 4 p.m.
    September 15-November 17, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 45 minutes
    You’ve heard the band—now see the music. State-of-the-art 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!

  • Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    September 16-October 14, 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.

  • Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: Distant Worlds - Alien Life?
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    October 21-November18, 2018
    Grade 5 and up; 51 minutes
    The night sky is effectively a view of infinity; could alien life exist out there somewhere? This show investigates the conditions required for life, beginning with planets and moons in our solar system and venturing out to some of the newly-discovered exoplanets orbiting other stars. Potentially habitable exoplanets are now being discovered regularly—worlds that are not only extremely far away, but also strange and unfamiliar. What could life on these worlds look like? What are the chances of encountering intelligent life in the future, and how might we detect it?

  • Advanced Explorations for the Curious Mind: SEEING!
    Sunday 4 p.m.
    November 25-December 30, 2018
    Grade 3 and up; 24 minutes
    SEEING! follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. Viewers learn the structures of the eye and their functions prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve. Dramatic fulldome imagery from around the globe featuring humanity, landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife, and space is used to create the story. Along the way, the program examines how the eye works and how technology has enabled us to restore vision and prevent a variety of diseases that affect sight.

    SEEING! was directed by Robin Sip and written by Emmy Award-winning writer Kris Koenig. It was narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science communicator, and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.