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.

New, for August and September only, you can buy planetarium-only tickets for $5. With general admission, planetarium shows are $4 each and Museum members are free. Programs also available for school visits.


WEEKDAYS: The Little Star That Could, Violent Universe and SpacePark360: Infinity will play daily between 11 am and 2 pm

SATURDAY: The Little Star That Could 11 am, SpacePark360: Infinity 1 pm, Violent Universe 2 pm and Under Scorching Skies 3 pm

SUNDAY: SpacePark360: Infinity 1 pm, Violent Universe 2 pm and Under Scorching Skies 3 pm


SPECIAL ARTPRIZE SHOWTIMES (The Museum is open daily 12 pm to 5 pm during ArtPrize)

WEEKDAYS: SpacePark360: Infinity 2 pm and Under Falling Skies 3 pm

SATURDAY: Violent Universe 1 pm, SpacePark360: Infinity 2 pm and Under Falling Skies 3 pm

SUNDAY: Violent Universe 1 pm, SpacePark360: Infinity 2 pm and Under Falling Skies 3 pm



THE 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.







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.




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.