Chaffee Planetarium


Welcome to the radically updated Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

Visit the galaxy from the most comfortable seat in the house. With 1.2 million dollars in renovations, all of the brand new shows 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.

With general admission planetarium shows are $4 each, Museum members are free and planetarium only tickets $5. Programs also available for school visits.


Showtimes are subject to change. Please check the planetarium calendar here for a list of showtimes. 

Now – March 19

Jan 4 - March 19

*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 Museum will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26.



UNDER FROZEN SKIES: Explore the 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.


BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD: Immerse yourself in a race to return to the moon 40 years after the historic Apollo missions. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen. Great for ages 8 and above.

Planetarium violent universeVIOLENT UNIVERSEWitness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to tear it apart. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Great for ages 10 and above.

Secret_Of_Sun_300x200SECRETS OF THE SUN: An intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of our solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth.

wegelogoThe 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!



Observing By MoonlightFor information on other events in West Michigan visit the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association online.