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.
Beginning September 21, 2019
One World, One Sky
Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1 p.m.
September 21-November 27, 2019
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.
NEW!!!! - Earth, Moon & Sun
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m.
September 22 - November 26, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
Measuring the Night
Sunday at 4 p.m.
September 22-October 20, 2019
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.