Public Show Schedule 2023


For up-to-the-minute information about Illinois State University Planetarium offerings, call the planetarium hotline at (309) 438-5007 day or night. Listen for announcements regarding programs and activities planned in cooperation with the Twin City Amateur Astronomers.

May 2023

The Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to offer the full-dome show Sunstruck!, running May 31 through July 28. Show times are Wednesdays at 2 PM and Fridays at 7:30 PM. There are no shows on June 21 and 23.

Travel back in time to experience the birth of our Sun, Earth, and solar system. Discover how the Sun came to support life on our planet, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. Experience our unique star, the Sun, in Sunstruck!

After each program, we explore the highlights found in the current evening sky. These highlights include the planets, bright stars, and constellations currently visible from Central Illinois.

Admission to the Illinois State University Planetarium is $5 for adults; $4 for children ages 5-12, seniors, and ISU ID holders; and $3 for children ages 3-4. Cash or checks only. Tickets may be purchased in the ISU Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

Face coverings are recommended, but not required in the ISU Planetarium. For more information, please visit the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response web site.

Teachers and community group leaders: Are you interested in bringing your students or group?

If so then please call the Illinois State University Planetarium about special presentations at (309) 438-2496 Mondays through Friday, during regular business hours!

Admission and Policies

Tickets for the ISU Planetarium's public shows may be purchased in the Planetarium Gift Shop beginning beginning 20 minutes before each show.

Admission for the Plantarium's regular programs is:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-4) . . . . . $ 3.00
Children (Ages 5-12) . . . . . . $ 4.00
Adults (Ages 13-59 ) . . . . . . $ 5.00
Seniors (Ages 60 and older) . . . . . . $ 4.00
ISU faculty, staff, students . . . . . . $ 4.00

Cash and checks only. Sorry, but no debit or credit cards accepted. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in scheduling a private show for your school or community group then please call the Illinois State University Planetarium about special presentations at (309) 438-2496 during regular business hours, Mondays through Fridays!



The white-domed Illinois State University Planetarium is located at the east end of Felmley Hall of Science, on the corner of College Avenue and School Street in Normal. Please see the map below.



Inexpensive parking for the 2 PM Wednesday matinees is available in the ISU visitor lot, located on Locust Street.

Free parking for the 7:30 PM Friday programs is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, located on the east side of School Street.


Updated May 18, 2023.

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