The Museum will be closed Monday, May 27.

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.

SHOWTIMES

Now - June 16
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
11:00 AM
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
12:00 PM
From Earth to the Universe
From Earth to the Universe
1:00 PM
Space School
Space School
2:00 PM
Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
3:00 PM
Under Starlit Skies
Under Starlit Skies
Under Starlit Skies
Under Starlit Skies
Under Starlit Skies
Under Starlit Skies
Under Starlit Skies
4:00 PM
The Queen Light Show
The Queen Light Show

PLANETARIUM SHOWS:

The Queen Light Show

New life is brought to the wildly popular classic rock light show format with an original production set to the music of Queen. Experience 10 of Queen’s greatest hits in this brand new show, including favorites like Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust and You’re My Best Friend.

 

NEW - Ice Worlds

The delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life has been a topic of scientific inquiry for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we’ll examine the ecosystems that exist and thrive there and learn how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our Solar System. Winner of five Telly Awards. Narrated by Academy Award nominated actress, Emily Watson.

 

From Earth to the Universe

The night sky has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may be humanity’s oldest intellectual experience. Learn about the journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes.

 

The Little Star That Could

The Little Star That Could is a story of an average star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Our solar system is introduced with basic information about each planet.

 

Space School

From a habitat hidden deep underwater in Florida, to the world’s most amazing swimming pool, dive into the underwater world of outer space! Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. From microgravity simulation at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to living under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base, astronauts spend a lot of time training underwater.

 

Under Starlit Skies

Join a live presenter to explore the wonders of the night sky. Come back each season to learn tips and tricks that will help you find planets and constellations from your own backyard. Fly to the far reaches of the solar system to get a closer look at planets, moons, and more. Experience the beauty and realism of the Chaffee Planetarium.

 

WEGE Foundation logo

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!

Thank you to Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health and Hope Network for your support as we plan and develop new planetarium shows.

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.

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