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 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.


A special week of Laser Light Shows will take place July 24 – July 30 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors to the Planetarium can recline, relax, and rock out to dazzling laser light performances set to popular and classic music. From Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to 90’s hits and today’s hottest pop, get ready for a timeless journey of light and sound.

Laser Light Shows have something for every music lover, including: Laser Beatles, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Laser Vinyl (the best of classic rock), Laser Zeppelin, Laserpolis (pop, rock, alternative and oldies), Laser Country, Electro Pop (today’s hottest hits), Lase Rock (classic rock), Laser Tribute (great artists whose music has inspired many), Electrolase (electronic dance music), and Metallica.


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

This week only! July 24 – July 30

Purchase tickets for Laser Light Shows here!

Click on the name of the show you would like to purchase tickets to. Different dates and times for each show can be found on the ticket link drop down menus.

Laser Beatles

Pink Floyd’s The Wall

Laser Vinyl

Laser Zeppelin


Laser Country

Electro Pop


Laser Tribute



July 31 – August 20
*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.


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!


 Thank you to WZZM 13 for sponsoring Eclipses and Phases of the Moon. 
DE Primary_300dpiThank you to Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health for your support as we plan and develop new planetarium shows.

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