Planetarium

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

 

The Museum and planetarium are closed through April 12th. Please visit www.kvcc.edu/coronavirus for more information.

 

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

Now Showing

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Earth, Moon, and Sun.
    Earth, Moon, and Sun
    Monday-Friday 11 a.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.
    April 6-30, 2020
    Grades 3 - 7
    Explore the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science.

    Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You'll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon... and beyond!


    Earth, Moon and Sun Fulldome Planetarium Show Trailer on YouTube

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story.
    CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
    April 6-29, 2020
    2 p.m.
    General Audience
    Why did we go to the Moon, and what is Apollo's lasting legacy? Learn about the goals and missions of the Apollo program that placed twelve men on the Moon from 1969 to 1972 and examine what it took to get there 50 years ago. Follow each of the Apollo missions that were made possible by the collective efforts of nearly 400,000 people working together to solve problems, develop untested procedures, and invent new technologies. The first Moon landing not only rallied a nation, but influenced the future of space travel, technology, the economy, environmental awareness, and so much more.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Habitat Earth
    Habitat Earth
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m.
    April 2-30, 2020
    Grades 4 and up
    Discover what it means to live in today's connected world with Habitat Earth, an award-winning film from the California Academy of Sciences that takes viewers on a journey through vast networks of life on Earth. Within, you'll learn how life affects our planet -- and how we benefit from our connections to the life forms that surround us.

    Living networks connect and support life forms both large and small, from colonies of tiny microbes to pods of whales, behemoths of our oceans, and our ever-expanding human societies. Through the use of stunning visualizations of our natural world, plunge below the ocean's surface to explore dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth's tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Weather Wonders: Mysteries Revealed.
    Weather Wonders: Mysteries Revealed
    Daily at 3 p.m.
    April 1-30, 2020
    Grades 5 and up
    Looking at Earth from space, a thick blue layer of air can be seen blanketing the surface below. This gaseous blanket of air known as our atmosphere is a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, argon, and water vapor that is always in motion. This motion, influenced by both the Sun and the Earth, affects how energy is absorbed or released through changes in pressure, temperature, and humidity. The rate at which energy is transferred between the atmosphere and the surface of the Earth creates a wide range of phenomena, from hurricanes to gentle breezes, that we collectively call "weather."

    Topics include convection cells, seasons, fog, dew, clouds, the water cycle, light scatter, cloud types, sun dogs, halos, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, rainbows, light absorption, noctilucent clouds, auroras, sunspots, solar flares, solar wind, nighttime observations, hurricanes, storm surges, tornadoes, waterspouts, the Fujita scale, hail, freezing rain, sleet, snow, and the Coriolis effect.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Wish You Were Here
    Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    Saturday at 4 p.m.
    April 4-25, 2020
    Grades 5 and up
    Following the success of "Dark Side of the Moon" and the demands placed on Pink Floyd, "Wish You Were Here" speaks to the absence of Syd Barrett, a former founding band member, and how life had become more and more disengaged for the group.

    The album "Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd's second concept or themed work, features classic songs such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," with its nine-part opus, "Have a Cigar," "Welcome to the Machine," and the title track, "Wish You Were Here." It has been consistently ranked among the best albums of all time by a variety of sources.

    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.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Stars of the Pharaohs.
    Stars of the Pharaohs
    Sunday at 4 p.m.
    April 5-26, 2020
    Grades 6 and up
    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.