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

Beginning November 29, 2019

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show George and Oatmeal Save Santa. A snowman, Santa Claus, and a wizard are pointing up to the sky.
    NEW!!!! - George and Oatmeal Save Santa
    Monday-Friday 11 a.m. Saturday 1 p.m.
    November 29, 2019-January 3, 2020
    Grades pre-K to 3rd
    Santa Claus is missing! Mrs. Claus is worried and asks Oatmeal the snowman to help find him. Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world and learn constellation stories from different cultures.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Ice Worlds
    Ice Worlds
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m.
    November 29, 2019-January 3, 2020
    Grades 5 and up
    Ice is found in the rings of Saturn, the mountain-sized dirty snowballs we call comets, the moons of the outer solar system, and the polar regions of the Earth. Studies of this frozen material help us better understand our world.


    "Ice Worlds" planetarium show Trailer on YouTube

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Michigan Winter Skies. Image of the State of Michigan from space showing lights from the cities.
    Michigan Winter Skies
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m.
    November 30, 2019-January 2, 2020
    Grades 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.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Mystery of the Christmas Star.
    Mystery of the Christmas Star.
    Daily at 3 p.m.
    November 29, 2019-January 3, 2020
    Grades 3 and up
    Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the Magi followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.


    Mystery of the Christmas Star Trailer on YouTube

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Let It Snow.
    Let It Snow
    Saturday at 4 p.m.
    November 30-December 28, 2019
    All Ages
    Celebrate the winter season with this holiday music show. Artistic impressions of various popular holiday music come to life on the dome, transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light.



    "Let It Snow" Trailer on YouTube.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Violent Universe.
    Violent Universe
    Sunday at 4 p.m.
    December 1-29, 2010
    Grades 5 and up
    We live in a violent universe. Discover how asteroids alter worlds, bursts of energy sterilize surrounding space, and gravity flings stars apart as galaxies collide.



    Violent Universe Trailer on YouTube.