Discover Metro Detroit Planetariums That Are Out of This World

Kids can see starry skies any time and learn about the wonders of the universe at these metro Detroit planetarium destinations.

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 in metro Detroit. 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.

This article was recently updated on March 20, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Assistant Editor, Nikki Roberts. The update included her research and fact-checking expertise to provide the latest information on local planetariums, aligning with Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to nikki@metroparent.com.

Acheson Planetarium

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Photo credit: Cranbrook Institute of Science

At this science museum’s planetarium for kids and adults, enjoy an intimate space experience thanks to its state-of-the-art Digistar projector. The planetarium at Cranbrook offers a 360-degree view with surround sound, rich colors and incredible detail that will blow your kids’ minds!

Dassault Systemes Planetarium

See more than 9,000 stars 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. The planetarium offers kid-friendly shows, including one where little astronomers can explore the night sky with their favorite characters from Sesame Street!

Hammond Planetarium

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Photo credit: Hammond Planetarium

This Dearborn planetarium, which is named after decorated World War II veteran and Henry Ford College supporter Guy Hammond, is a state-of-the-art auditorium seating 48 people. Free planetarium shows are open to the public.

Longway Planetarium

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Photo credit: Longway Planetarium

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, often with fun themes and music from artists from AC/DC to taylor Swift. Sensory-friendly shows are offered on the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.

Vollbrecht Planetarium

Note: The Vollbrecht Planetarium is temporarily closed as of March 20, 2024.

Vollbrecht’s planetarium shows 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.

Wayne State University Planetarium

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Photo credit: Wayne State University Planetarium

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.


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