Science Centers Planetariums in Southeast Michigan Looking for planetariums in Michigan? Kids can see starry skies any time and learn about the wonders of the universe at these planetarium destinations in metro Detroit and beyond. « Previous Next » Megan Krueger • March 3, 2017 Add Comment Total: 63 62 0 0 1 0 0 For kids who are geeked about space, one of the coolest ways to learn about the cosmos is to take a trip to a planetarium. While reclined back and watching a show, it feels like floating in the real starry sky – plus kids can book some knowledge about stars, constellations and the astronomical wonders of the universe. Take your family on a space adventure at one of these not-so-far-away planetariums in Michigan’s southeast region. Acheson Planetarium Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills Phone: 248-645-3200 Hours: Open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays; check site for specific program schedule Cost: Museum: $13/adults until 5 p.m., $9.50/ages 2-12, seniors 65-plus until 5 p.m., free/kids under 2, free/members; Friday and Saturday evenings 5-10 p.m.: $6.50/adults, $5.50/ages 2-12 and seniors 65-plus, free/kids under 2, free/members Planetarium: $5 plus museum admission/ages 13-adult, $5/ages 2-12 and seniors 65-plus, $1/kids under 2, $4/standard members, free/enhanced members At this science museum’s planetarium for kids and adults alike, get a space experience thanks to its state-of-the-art Digistar projector. After some upgrades, the planetarium at Cranbrook offers a 360-degree view with surround sound. Note: The museum is closed on certain dates. Check ahead. Dassault Systemes Planetarium Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit Phone: 313-577-8400 Hours: Specific show times vary Wednesdays-Sundays Cost: Admission plus one planetarium show: $20/adults, $17/ages 2-12, free/kids under 2, $3/members See more than 9,000 stars – and don’t forget the planets – on this gigantic dome that’s three stories high and 50 feet wide. It features a Digistar II projection system with 13,000-watt surround sound. Longway Planetarium Address: 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint Phone: 810-237-3400 Hours: Office open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Show hours vary; contact for details Cost: $6/adults, $4/ages 2-11 and seniors 60-plus, free/kids under 2 Michigan’s largest star-gazing facility has shown the universe to more than 2.5 million people since 1958. It features 129 seats under a 52 1/2-foot dome. Shows are offered daily. University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Planetarium Address: 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-764-0480 Hours: Museum: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday Planetarium: check site for program schedule Cost: $5/adults, seniors and children Experience space with the fun presentations at this Ann Arbor spot. With the Uniview all-dome digital projection system and the Digital Universe Atlas, viewers can travel from the surface of Earth to the far fringes of space. The show times stay the same, but each month, some of the shows are different. For a list of public shows, visit the museum’s planetarium website. Vollbrecht Planetarium Address: Morris Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore St., Southfield Phone: 248-746-8800 Hours: 7 p.m. Wednesdays in winter, spring and fall; call for details on additional shows; private shows any time Cost: $5-$5.50/prepaid at Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, $7-$7.50/at the door Vollbrecht’s planetariums show you the stars at one of the largest indoor star spots in southeast Michigan – with a dome measuring 30 feet wide. Presentations on Wednesdays are 90 minutes with an interactive lecture, star show and visual presentation. You can look forward to door prizes, too. Wayne State University Planetarium Address: Room 0209 Old Main Building, Wayne State University, 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-577-2107 Hours: Public shows and lectures are usually offered Friday evenings Cost: Most shows are free Featuring a Spitz High Definition Digital System. All are welcome to learn about the solar system at this local university’s planetarium on most Friday evenings. Plus, groups looking to organize a show for a special trip can do that here, too. Reservations are not required for public planetarium shows. This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2017 by Aleanna Siacon.