Grand Rapids planetarium awaits $1.2M overhaul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is offering some final chances to see programs at its planetarium before it gets a major overhaul.

The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is being closed Sept. 14 for upgrades to technology, seating, design and display. It’s scheduled to reopen in February.

The museum this year announced plans for the $1.2 million project.

Since it was built in 1994, the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at the museum’s Van Andel Museum Center has averaged 60,000 visitors annually. Many school groups visit the planetarium, which offers programming including sky shows, laser light shows and concerts.

A schedule of planetarium shows is on the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s website.



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