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The Museum's Astronomy Programs include the Gladwin Planetarium, Space Lab, Palmer Observatory, Star Parties, and outreach activities. The Gladwin Planetarium is the only planetarium on the Central Coast that features live, multimedia shows. You can tour the constellations of the night sky, fly through the Milky Way galaxy, explore the surface of the Moon, and ride a rockin' roller coaster on Saturn's moon Titan!

The Gladwin Planetarium opened its doors in 1957. The original Spitz A1 projector brought the stars to tens of thousands until its renovation in the late 1970s. With a Spitz A3P, affectionately named Alice, the planetarium continued to bring the marvels of the universe to our visitors.


In 2005, the planetarium was again remodeled, this time with a Digistar 3 SP full-dome digital projection system that allows visitors to take a virtual flight through the stars. Other renovations included a digital Astro-FX automation system, an LED cove-lighting system, a new surround sound system, and new theater-style seats.

In November of 2014, we completed our most recent renovation; the upgrade from a Digistar 3 to a Digistar 5 planetarium projection system, allowing us to explore the solar system, the galaxy, and the entire universe like never before.

Though the planetarium looks a little different than it did 49 years ago, some things never change. You can still count on interesting and engaging presentations designed for a variety of audiences. We look forward to seeing you soon!


 Planetarium Ticket Prices

  • Daytime Shows: Museum members free; non-members $4

For more information about Astronomy Programs, call 805-682-4711 ext. 173 or email 


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