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

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show The Little Star that Could
    The Little Star that Could
    Monday-Friday at 11 a.m.
    Saturday at 1 p.m.
    June 17-September 7, 2019
    Grade 1-3
    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.


    Trailer for the planetarium show The Little Star that Could on YouTube.


  • CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m.
    June 18-September 7, 2019
    All Ages
    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.


    CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story Trailer on YouTube


  • SpacePark 360
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m.
    Saturday at 4 p.m.
    June 17-September 7, 2019
    Grade 5 and up
    Travel through an amusement park that spans our solar system. Computer-generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets and some of their moons. Nine breathtaking rides will lead us to each planet as we learn a few facts about each one.


    Spacepark 360: Infinity Trailer on YouTube


  • Dawn of the Space Age
    Daily at 3 p.m.
    June 17-September 7, 2019
    Grade 4 and up
    Trace the origins of space exploration from the launch of Sputnik in October 1957 through the first Moon landing in 1969. Then move into the era of robotic explorers whizzing past or landing on distant worlds. Look ahead to commercial exploration of near-Earth space and the dream of space tourism.


    Trailer for Dawn of the Space Age on YouTube


  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
    Sunday at 4 p.m.
    July 28-September , 2019
    Middle School and up
    Welcome to the dark side of the universe in Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, a presentation of the latest science about black holes. Super computing technology takes the audience on a hunt for the ultimate cosmic monster -- to the center of a black hole, a place humans can never venture.



    Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity on YouTube.