Planetarium Shows

Hurst Planetarium

This magical Planetarium is managed by the Ella Sharp Museum, and Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year with a new state-of-the art OmniStar projector. The Planetarium offers shows featuring a live presentation of the stars Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Special Events

First Fridays: The Science of Star Wars

May 3 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$10 per person/$15 per couple
Free for members

Exciting things are coming to Hurst Planetarium from a galaxy far, far away! We’ll be traveling through space and time to worlds of epic proportions. Learn where fact meats fictions for the STAR WARS universe and witness live demonstrations by Dr. Tom Kuntzleman, of Spring Arbor University.

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First Fridays: Guest Lecture at the Hurst Planetarium

July 5 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$10 per person/$15 per couple
Free for members

Join Hurst Planetarium for another First Friday event featuring a Michigan scientist who will speak on some of the cutting edge research done right here in the great lakes state.

Murder Mystery at the Museum: Rescue Mission in Space

October 26 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
$60 per person/$110 per couple
$55 per person/$100 per couple for members

Join us for another stimulating evening of fine dining and engrossing live theater as we host our second annual Mystery Dinner. In keeping with our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hurst Planetarium, our production this year will be “Rescue Mission in Space”, an exciting story of black holes, disappearing planets and lady heroes. Costumes encouraged.

Ongoing Events

Thursday Public Shows
The Sun, Our Living Star

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm (through Spring)
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Our team has worked with some of the most talented planetarium producers to bring you this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives. Visit the Ella Sharp Museum front desk for tickets.

Sunday Public Kid’s Show
Perseus & Andromeda

Sundays @ 1:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Experience the ancient legends of the night sky! Perseus & Andromeda is a fun-filled retelling of the legendary Princess Andromeda and Perseus, as they try to escape the great sea monster set upon Andromeda by her mother, Cassiopeia. Recommended for Ages 5-13. Visit the Ella Sharp Museum front desk for tickets.

Sunday Public Shows
The Sun, Our Living Star

Sundays @ 2:30 pm (through Spring)
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Our team has worked with some of the most talented planetarium producers to bring you this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives. Visit the Ella Sharp Museum front desk for tickets.

Ella’s Explorers

Third Saturdays of each month
Price: $4 Drop-In or $36 for 12 months
Member Price: $3 Drop-In or $30 for 12 months

Ella’s Explorers is a brand new club for children with a curious mind and an explorer’s heart. Join us each month for out of this world activities and experiences; design a rocket, build models of the solar system, learn how to use telescopes, and more! Recommended for ages 7-11.

Sensory Friendly Planetarium Shows

First Sundays of each month @ 12:00 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019.

Private Shows

Time & date made upon reservation

Have you ever wanted a birthday under the stars? A party that’s out of this world? A place for your event unlike any other? Look no further than Ella Sharp Museum’s Hurst Planetarium! Call to make a reservation!