Group Visits.

Abrams Planetarium offers a variety of single-visit instructional programs dealing with astronomical topics for a variety of age groups. Multiple-visit sequences can also be arranged for groups desiring a more classroom-integrated experience. Descriptions of the shows offered can be found by clicking on the pull down menu found above or by clicking here. We look forward to your visit.

Science Standards How our shows align with current science standards.

Private Shows are available for $100 ($80 for Members). Private shows are limited to 20 people. You can choose any show in our library. All shows last about an hour and include a live star talk about what is up in the night sky. To book please call us at (517) 355-4676 or email with 3 choices of date and time, the show you would like to book, the number of households coming and the number of people per household so we can set up seating appropriately.

Virtual field trips:

We can offer:

  1. Star talks about what's up in the night sky and personalize it to your group.
  2. Tours of the universe, focusing on any astronomy topics you need (for instance, a talk on the solar system, galaxies, stellar evolution, more).
  3. Science Demos.
  4. Question and Answers.
  5. Any combination above.

We can deliver this in the following ways:

  1. Personal Zoom meeting for up to 300 people.
  2. A Facebook page takeover for your organization.
  3. A pre-recorded video (if you want Q & A, have folks submit questions in advance so we can incorporate it).
  4. Another platform you already use (e.g. Google Classroom).

The fee is $60/half hour of programming.

To book or ask any questions, call us at 517-355-4676 (we are not always in the building so you may need to leave a message and we will get back to you) or you can email us at

When programs are offered:

Programs are scheduled on Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:30 A.M., 11 A.M., and 1:30 P.M. on a first-come, first-served basis. Other dates and times may be available by special arrangement at a higher cost, please call us for details. The planetarium program requires approximately one hour, plus 15 minutes for check-in, restroom use, etc. Groups arriving late may not be admitted.

How to reserve a program:

For group reservations or additional information call the planetarium at (517) 355-4676 weekdays, 8:30 A.M. to noon or 1 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. only. Reservations are only taken by phone. It is best to make reservations at least one month in advance. Each lesson is adapted to the individual grade level, so only adjacent grade levels may take a specific lesson at the same time. If you have specific needs, or would like to customize the star talk portion of the show, give us a call; we may be able to accommodate your requests. By appointment only, teachers may preview a show ahead of time, please call us to arrange a time. Changes to any reservation can only be made by calling our business office during regular business hours.

The cost for a program:

The cost for the single lesson is $3.00 per student. For a 2-lesson sequence the fee is $5.25 per student. For a 3-lesson sequence the fee is $7.50 per student. Evening and weekend rates are higher. Call for further information.

Supervising teachers and official classroom staff are admitted free with each show. Other adults are welcome to attend at the student admission rate. Groups of less than twenty students will be required to consolidate with another group or pay $60 minimum. This also means larger groups cannot be guaranteed a private showing.

Payment for the shows are to be made at arrival. Checks, credit cards, or cash are accepted.

List of offered programs:

Click here to see find the programs that the Abrams Planetarium has to offer.

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