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.
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 and Saturday 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.
Treasures of the Night Sky - Starting July 6, 2022
The sky covered with spectacular galaxies, hazy nebulae and beautiful star clusters. Most of these treasures can’t be seen without a telescope. This program examines a variety of these riches. Many of the images we will see were rendered by our staff Program Presenter, Jan Fiolka, using telescopes in our observatory.