The planetarium at Cranbrook Institute of Science is an intimate theater that allows you to explore and experience the universe. It features a state-of-the-art Digistar star projector manufactured by Evans & Sutherland Corp., a company also renowned for its simulation products for aviation and government clients. The Digistar allows star fields and other images to be projected and moved through.
The latest round of upgrades to the planetarium, courtesy of the Michael and Adele Acheson family, offer visitors a 360 degree experience with a 5.1 surround sound system that delivers images three times brighter, crisper and more color-saturated than before. In addition, a new “green” LED lighting system allows the projection of any color in the spectrum and greater visual effects capabilities.
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- Programs begin promptly. We suggest you arrive an hour before showtime. Always leave yourself enough time to park the car, purchase tickets, check your coats and strollers, visit the restrooms, etc.
- Planetariums are not like movie theaters. Planetariums are too dark to allow audience members to come and go as they please (it is dangerous and disruptive). Latecomers can not be admitted.
- Visit the restrooms before the program begins. Once the lights go down, visitors can leave but are not permitted to reenter (see above).
- Planetariums are great places for kids, but to recreate a nighttime environment the planetarium theater has to be dark. Note that strollers are not permitted.
- Please turn off cell phones and other noisy electronic or light-emitting devices while inside the theater.
- No children under the age of 16 are permitted in the planetarium unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Note: food and drink are not permitted in the planetarium.
Tickets are required for all programs in the planetarium in addition to museum admission. They can be purchased at the museum entrance desk.
Planetarium Tickets (in addition to museum admission where appropriate)
- Adults: $5 per program
- Seniors 65+ & Children ages 2 - 12: $5 per program
- All CIS Standard Members $4 per program
- Children under 2 years: $1 per program
- CIS Enhanced Members FREE
Public Planetarium Programs
Kari Byron (http://www.karibyron.com/) from Crash Test World and MythBusters launches us on a journey beyond the Earth towards a sustainable future in space. NASA’s 21st century Artemis program (https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/), named after the Greek moon Goddess and twin of Apollo, is the next step in our mission to explore the universe and land the first woman and person of color on the surface of the Moon.
Join us at the Acheson Planetarium for an entertainment show like no other - The Dark Side of the Moon. The eighth album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. Originally released on 1 March 1973, on the label Harvest, it built on ideas explored in the band's earlier recordings and live shows, but departs from instrumental thematic by founding member Syd Barrett. The album explores themes including conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett's deteriorating mental state.
This program is usually available every Friday evening at 9pm. Please check out our daily planetarium schedule for specific show times and dates.
This is not a laser show.
This program contains explicit lyrics. Parental discretion is advised.