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 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 The Queen Light Show: From Mercury with Love.
    NEW!!! The Queen Light Show: From Mercury with Love
    Saturday at 4 p.m.
    November 2-23, 2019

    Ages 10 and up
    Eleven of Queen's biggest hits, such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Another One Bites the Dust," and "You're My Best Friend," have been paired with incredible full-dome graphic visuals to create an enjoyable experience in our planetarium.

    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.



    The Queen Light Show: From Mercury With Love trailer on YouTube.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Fate of the Maya. There is an Aztec pryamid on a grass field with the stars in the sky.
    Fate of the Maya
    Sunday at 4 p.m.
    October 27-November 24, 2019
    Grades 5 and up
    Visit the classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and to predict seasonal and astronomical events. Explore pyramids towering above the rainforest, designed as observatories to follow the Sun. Learn how the Maya went extinct following volcanic eruptions, drought, and famine.

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.