Metro Detroit Planetariums for Families to Visit

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 metro Detroit 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.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some planetariums may have reduced hours or safety restrictions. Check ahead. 

Acheson Planetarium

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

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.

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

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.

Vollbrecht Planetarium

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

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 is updated regularly.


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