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Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Visit the galaxy from the most comfortable seat in the house.

At this time, the Chaffee Planetarium will be closed. Please check back closer to the Museum’s opening, July 6, as this may change with new information from government officials. 

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.


Planetarium shows run approximately 40 minutes. Click below to purchase planetarium only tickets for $5 per person. 

Please check back when the GRPM is able to announce the reopening of the Chaffee Planetarium. 

Telescope showing through opening in Veen Observatory

For information on other astronomy events in West Michigan visit the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association online.

Sponsored By:

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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!​


Baldwin Foundation