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 – September 30
*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.
STARLIGHT SAFARI: Starlight Safari is a state-of-the-art globetrotting planetarium adventure. Visitors interact with a live presenter to test their knowledge of animal constellations in the night sky.
NEW SHOW – BREAKING 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.
DARK 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
DYNAMIC EARTH: Explore Earth’s climate engine from monster hurricanes to erupting volcanoes. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Great for ages 12 and above.
SPACEPARK360: INFINITY: Experience the excitement and surprises of the most incredible amusement park in the solar system. Explore exotic locations on heart-pounding thrill rides such as roller coasters, spinners, ice-slides and more. Great for all ages. *This show contains dramatic 3D visual effects. It is not recommended for individuals prone to motion sickness.
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.