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 – November 23

*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 be closed Thursday, November 24.


breaking-news-graphic4BREAKING NEWS FROM OUTER SPACE: Join us for this astronomy update show! Currently we are in the greatest era of astronomical discovery in human history, and the Chaffee Planetarium wants to share all the new discoveries with you. Each month, this show will take a closer look at the previous month’s most fascinating discoveries throughout the universe. Planetarium presenters will guide visitors through the ever-changing world of cutting edge science and will answer your questions.

UNDER STARLIT 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.

darkside-advert-squareDARK SIDE: THE LIGHT SHOW: The GRPM is proud to present our first original Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium production with the new generation of planetarium technology. Experience Pink Floyd’s iconic album as never before in this brand new, one-of-a-kind show, featuring stunning 4k visuals, brilliant LED sequences, and incredibly clear 5.1 surround sound.

“That’s one of the best light shows I’ve ever seen. The Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Chaffee Planetarium are a gem in the city of Grand Rapids.” – Tony Gates, Tony Gates Morning Show, WLAV        





Black holeFROM EARTH TO THE UNIVERSE: Viewers will revel in the splendor of the various worlds in the solar system. Leaving Earth, viewers will travel to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars found beyond the Milky Way and learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to continue to probe deeper into the Universe.


Earth in space

 VIOLENT UNIVERSE: Witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.
sdfgDynamic Earth: Explore Earth’s climate engine from monster hurricanes to erupting volcanoes. Narrated by Liam Neeson, great for ages 12 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.