Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the general policies?

  • Food and drink are not permitted in the planetarium.
  • Once a show has started, if you must leave, re-admittance will not be allowed.
  • Be sure all electronic devices are silenced during the show.

How do I reserve a seat for a show?

2/3 of seats for our free shows are reservatble at Eventbrite. They are released at noon the Sunday before a show. The other 20 seats for each show are available for walk-in guests.  For a reasonable fee you can also schedule a private planetarium show for your group of 2-60 people.  E-mail us for more information. 


How early should I arrive?

Visitors with reserved-seat tickets must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to show time to claim their seats. At this time unclaimed seats will be released to walk-in guests. We recommend walk-in guests arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time to get a seat. The show begins promptly at the scheduled start time and the doors close five to ten minutes later.

How long is the show?

Friday night shows are typically 75-90 minutes long.

Saturday morning family shows are typically one hour long.

How much does it cost to attend a show?

Public shows are free.  We welcome donations via the WSU donation website. Your donations help us to fund our public shows and outreach programs.

If you would like to schedule a private show for your school group, scout troop or other organization, we offer these at a fee. Please contact us for more information. 

Can I bring young children?

We do not have any firm guidelines on children. If a child can remain reasonably quiet for the hour, then it is fine for that child to attend our general audience shows. We have had very young children enjoy the show before, but keep in mind that the subject matter in Friday night shows is at the college level.

If your child has more difficulty sitting quietly for an hour, or may have less familiarity with astronomy, feel free to bring them to one of our Saturday morning family shows.  These shows are a bit shorter and the content is geared towards our younger visitors. During this show we might show you full dome images of planets in our solar system, explain what a constellation is and tell you the mythology behind one or two constellations currently visible, teach you about the different phases of the moon, or introduce you to the night sky.  This is fun for the whole family!