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 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.


The Museum will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 18.

Showtimes are subject to change. Click here to see a list of dates and times of upcoming planetarium shows.

School groups interested in booking Planetarium shows and learning more about field trip offerings, can click here to visit our schools webpage. 

Now – March 9


Concerts Under the Stars – Just announced!

Concerts Under the Stars are back in the Chaffee Planetarium in 2019!

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with Museum doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $12 for Museum members and $15 for general public in advance, and $15 for Museum members and $18 for general public at the door. Limited tickets available.

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!


Thank you to Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health  and Hope Network for your support as we plan and develop new planetarium shows.
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Baldwin Foundation and PNC Foundation are proud sponsors of One World, One Sky.  

Observing By MoonlightFor information on other events in West Michigan visit the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association online.