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

Now Showing

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Polaris: The Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night. A polar bear and a penquin in an Artic landscape with an igloo in the lower right corner.
    Polaris: The Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night
    Monday-Friday 11 a.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.
    January 4-March 31, 2020
    Grades 3 and up
    James, a traveling penguin from the South Pole, and Vladimir, a funny bear from the North Pole, meet on the Arctic Sea ice. They become friends, talk about their respective regions, and observe the stars together, wondering why the night is so long at the poles of the Earth. Novice astronomers, they are trying to solve this mystery by reasoning and observation.

    Thanks to the rigor of James and the inventive genius of Vladimir, their scientific adventure leads them to build an observatory and then an improvised spaceship. During a trip around the Earth, extended to Mars and Saturn, they get their answer and discover that the planets have similarities but also differences.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Flight Adventures.
    NEW SHOW! - Flight Adventures
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
    January 5-March 30, 2020
    2 p.m.
    Grades 5 and up
    Learn about what makes airplanes fly.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Orion Nights
    Orion Nights
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m.
    January 4-March 31, 2020
    Grades 5 and up
    During cold winter nights, the bright stars of Orion the Hunter twinkle overhead. In this autumn constellation program, learn to find stars within the constellations and discover how they go through a cycle of birth, aging, and death as their fuel is consumed. Stars are born from clouds of gas and dust, and they shine by converting hydrogen into helium. When the fuel is depleted, large stars collapse to form white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Journey to Space.
    Journey to Space
    Daily at 3 p.m.
    January 4-March, 2020
    Grades 4 and up
    Humans have an inherent need to explore what lies beyond the next horizon. This drive combined with emerging technologies from sailing ships, air travel, and rockets has opened up new vistas for us to contemplate. Where will humans go in the future following the Space Shuttle program? What might these future missions look like, and what are problems of long-term space flight that must be solved as we learn how to journey beyond our planet?

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Dark Side of the Moon
    Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    Saturday at 4 p.m.
    January 4-March 28, 2020
    Grades 5 and up
    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 computer graphics and shown on the planetarium’s dome.

    Please note: This show is a non-astronomy show containing loud music, flashing lights, spinning stars, and other effects that some may find disruptive. This show is not recommended for those who may have conditions that could be aggravated by this experience.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Secrets of the Sun.
    Secrets of the Sun
    Sunday at 4 p.m.
    February 16-March 29, 2020
    Grades 5 and up
    The story of our star is explored in Secrets of the Sun. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, discover the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. Learn about the Sun's origin and move forward in time to its ultimate death.