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 – June 19 

*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 first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., the featured planetarium show will be Breaking News from Outer Space. See below for show details. 


June 20 – September 30

2016 Planetarium Schedule -- June 20-Sept 30 -- b&w

*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_design5NEW SHOW – 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.

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.


BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD: Immerse yourself in a race to return to the moon 40 years after the historic Apollo missions. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen. Great for ages 8 and above.

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        


Planetarium The Little Star That Could flyerTHE 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.

breaking-news-graphic4BREAKING NEWS FROM OUTER SPACE: Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. for this astronomy update show! Currently we are in perhaps 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.

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.