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 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.
April 13 – June 21
DYNAMIC EARTH: Explore Earth’s climate engine from monster hurricanes to erupting volcanoes. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Great for ages 12 and above.
UNDER STARLIT SKIES: Explore the springtime 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.
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.