We welcome school groups of all ages to the Mather Planetarium, as well as other private non-school groups (e.g. homeschool groups, Mom's clubs, senior centers, community groups, etc). However, teachers and parents should be aware that the planetarium gets extremely dark and some young children may find this frightening.
The shows are approximately one hour in length, including time for questions. The price of admission is $2 per person, including teachers and chaperones. The Mather Planetarium seats 63 people. A minimum of 15 guests are required for all private shows. Groups larger than 63 will need to split into smaller sections. Please remember to include teachers and chaperones when determining the size of your group. We may be able to provide back-to-back shows to accommodate large groups or we can schedule shows on multiple dates.
A typical show for private groups consists mainly of a tour of the current night sky. This would include pointing out several of the prominent constellations visible at night and some of the mythological stories behind them, the Moon, the planets, and the Sun. Other topics can be included upon request.
NOTE: Group shows will not be offered during the fall 2017 semester. Dr. Schwarz is on sabbatical until January 2018. Resevations for spring 2018 will be taken starting at the end of the summer.
To request a show for your group please fill out our reservation form. There are NO evening or weekend group shows. This form is to be used to request a planetarium show for a school group or other private party. If you interested the public planetarium shows please visit the Public Shows page. Scout groups are encouraged to attend the public evening shows.
Parking information will be provided to the group leader based on whether you will be arriving by bus or private vehicles.