Chaffee Planetarium


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.



DYNAMIC EARTHExplore the Earth’s climate engine from monster hurricanes to erupting volcanoes in this visually astounding show. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Great for ages 8 and above.

Little_Star_Flyer_no_text_300x200THE 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_4_300x200VIOLENT 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.

Violent_Universe_7_300x200UNDER SCORCHING SKIES: Explore the summer sky! Experience the beauty and realism of the brand new Chaffee Planetarium in this live, interactive show. Great for all ages.

Programs are $4 per person (visitors must also purchase general admission), and are free to Museum members. Programs are also available for school visits.


WEEKDAYS: The Little Star That Could, Violent Universe and Dynamic Earth will play daily

SATURDAY: The Little Star That Could 11 am, Violent Universe 1 pm, Dynamic Earth 2 pm and Under Scorching Skies 3 pm

SUNDAY: The Little Star That Could 1 pm, Violent Universe 2 pm and Under Scorching Skies 3 pm

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.