Chaffee Planetarium

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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

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

Now – March 18

*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.

 


Programs

UNDER FROZEN SKIES: Explore tonight’s 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.


Planetarium The Little Star That Could flyer

THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULDLearn 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.

 

 

BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD: 
Planetarium violent universe VIOLENT 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.

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!

 

 

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.