The radically updated Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is now open.
Visit the galaxy from the most comfortable seat in the house. With 1.2 million dollars in renovations, all of the brand new shows will feature the latest Digistar projection technology and immersive surround sound for an unbelievably rich and realistic experience. Recline, relax and experience the incredible forces of our universe.
Located within the Museum, the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is named after the Grand Rapids-born astronaut who lost his life in the 1967 Apollo 1 spacecraft fire.
New, planetarium-only tickets $5, with general admission, planetarium shows are $4 each and Museum members are free. Programs also available for school visits.
*Actual shows to be determined. Occasionally the Planetarium is booked by school groups which shifts these showtimes. Please keep this in mind as you plan your visit.
THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD: Learn about our solar system through the Little Star as he searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. Great for ages 8 and below.
VIOLENT UNIVERSE: Witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to tear it apart. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Great for ages 10 and above.
UNDER FALLING SKIES: Explore the fall and winter sky! Learn tips and tricks to find constellations from your own backyard. Fly to the far reaches of our solar system to see incredible planets. Great for all ages.
SPACEPARK360: INFINITY: Experience the excitement and surprises of the most incredible amusement park in the solar system. Explore exotic locations on heart-pounding thrill rides such as roller coasters, spinners, ice-slides and more. Great for all ages.
*This show contains dramatic 3D visual effects. It is not recommended for individuals prone to motion sickness.
The Chaffee Planetarium upgrade was made possible through the generous support of the Wege Foundation. Additional support for the upgrade was received from the Cook Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Frey Foundation, Baldwin Foundation, Rockford Construction Company, Inc., David DeBruyn, and American Seating. Thank you!
For information on other events in West Michigan visit the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association online.
Thurdsay, October 23
Join the GRAA to view the beginning stages of a partial solar eclipse from the GRPM’s parking ramp at 5:00 p.m. Visitors will watch as the mood begins to slip in front of the sun up until it is halfway covered. Experienced amateur astronomers will guide visitors to ensure safe viewing. Telescopes with dense filters will be available for use. Viewer participation is free, however parking ramp rates will apply.