Planetarium

Schuele Planetarium brings the fascinating realm of astronomy to people of all ages, from preschoolers through adults.

Originally built in 1968, the planetarium was transformed in 2014 with the introduction of the Fleming Family Projection System. This combination of an opti-mechanical star projector and digital projector provides visitors with an immersive learning experience through high-resolution, 360 degree images and a realistic, breathtaking display of over 3,000 stars. The full dome planetarium theater offers comfortable seating for 54 and is wheelchair accessible. The Center is uniquely positioned on Huntington Reservation’s park setting to provide hands-on learning experiences for finding constellations and identifying planets in the night sky.

Before Your Visit Information

  • Advance registration is required.
  • No photography or video recording is permitted during the program.
  • For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the Schuele Planetarium.

Family Planetarium Programs

Enjoy a personalized planetarium program based on your family’s interests! Sit back and watch a full dome show of your choice then experience a tour of the current night sky with our expert staff. This is your chance to ask an astronomer your burning space questions!

Full Dome Show choices are listed on this page. You may inform the planetarium specialist of your choice before the program or ask for a recommendation based on your group’s ages and interests.

Recommended for families or groups with members ages 6 and up. Family Planetarium Programs are approximately 45-minutes in addition to time for check-in. Advance registration is required. Cost: $75 for a group of up to 6 people.

Family Planetarium Programs take place in the planetarium only. Guests will not be permitted through the Center’s exhibit hall or Wildlife Gardens. For guided tour offerings, please click here.

We care about you, your family, and our employees, and we are following protocols recommended by the State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Health to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus:

  • face masks are worn by our employees and we require that all visitors over the age of 7 wear face masks
  • face masks are strongly recommended for children ages 3 – 6
  • visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks, or will be provided one to wear
  • hand sanitizing stations and hand washing facilities are available throughout the building
  • physical distances of 6 feet will be maintained at all times
  • indoor public areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • visitors are asked to self-monitor for virus symptoms prior to arrival
  • visitors are asked to stay home if they are ill, if diagnosed with COVID-19, or if residing with someone diagnosed with the virus

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For Families with children ages 6-10

Flight Adventures (Children) Running time: 22 minutes
Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multi-media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight. See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine where flight might take us.

The Little Star that Could (children) Running time: 25 minutes
“The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for his own planets to protect and warm. Along the way he meets other stars and learns what makes each star special. He discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually Little Star finds his planets and each planet introduces themselves with basic information about our Solar System.

For Families with Children over 10 and adult groups

Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe (10 and up) Running time: 28 minutes
Join our alien “experts” -Mr. Hopeful and Ms. Skeptical- as they try to convince each other whether or not life exists beyond the Earth. Follow their astrobiology arguments from the ocean floor to a journey across the galaxy!

Galileo: The Power of the Telescope (10 and up) Running time: 30 minutes
This show tells Galileo’s personal and powerful story, and explorers how his discoveries displaced long-held views about the universe. Go back to Pisa, Italy and experience Galileo’s early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion.

Cosmic Castaways (10 and up) Running time: 20 minutes
There are places where the night sky has no constellations. No Orion, no Big Dipper, nothing but a few lonely, far away stars and a few faint, ghostly patches of light. Most stars lie within the crowded boundaries of galaxies, travelling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. But some find themselves on their own, deep within voids between the galaxies. These are the cosmic castaways.

From Earth to the Universe (10 and up) Running time: 30 minutes
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

The Sun, Our Living Star (10 and up) Running time: 25 minutes
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.

Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe (10 and up) Running time: 30 minutes
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The detector is IceCube! The messengers are neutrinos–ghostly particles that give us tantalizing looks into the world of exploding stars and black holes. This show tells the incredible story of how an international team of scientists and engineers transformed one billion tons of Antarctic ice into a telescope. Building IceCube was a titanic endeavor driven by our human passion for discovery.

Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds (10 and up) Running time: 30 minutes
For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought. A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time, and the Mind (10 and up) Running time: 26 minutes
Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone’s retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from ZEISS, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Hot and Energetic Universe (10 and up) Running time: 28 minutes
The Hot and Energetic Universe presents the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is offering pre-registered guided tours, pre-registered family planetarium programs and pre-scheduled wildlife intake appointments.Learn more
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