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.

The planetarium will be closed for annual maintenance and dome cleaning September 10-20, 2019.

Current Programs
Beginning September 21, 2019

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show One World, One Sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend Hu Hu Zhu.
    One World, One Sky
    Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1 p.m.
    September 21-November 27, 2019
    Preschool-1st grade
    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.


    One World, One Sky
    on YouTube.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Earth, Moon & Sun. Has a coyote riding a planet waving a cowboy hat.
    NEW!!!! - Earth, Moon & Sun
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m.
    September 22 - November 26, 2019
    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.


    Earth, Moon and Sun Fulldome Planetarium Show Trailer on YouTube

  • Graphic text for the planearium show Halloween: Celestial Origins
    Halloween: Celestial Origins
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m.
    September 21 - November 26, 2019
    Grade 5 and up
    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.


  • Habitat Earth
    Daily at 3 p.m.
    September 21-November 27, 2019
    Grade 4 and up
    Vast networks of life forms interact with each other on many levels. Explore the living networks and environmental connections that exist on our planet and affect our daily lives, and discover what it means to live in a connected world.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Ooky Spooky over the head of a mummy with one eye peaking out.
    NEW!!! Ooky Spooky
    Saturday at 4 p.m.
    September 21-October 19, 2019
    Grade 2 and up
    This family-friendly show includes 11 Halloween favorites, such as "Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Thriller." Each song in this light show is synchronized with full-dome graphics to create an experience that is fun and entertaining.

    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 Measuring the Night
    Measuring the Night
    Sunday at 4 p.m.
    September 22-October 20, 2019
    Upper Elementary
    The autumn evening sky is home to several objects that are tied to the story of how astronomers measure cosmic distances. Techniques include parallax measurement, moving star clusters, the H-R diagram, variable stars, galaxy clusters and motions, and supernovae.