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.

January 2023

The Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to offer Destination Mars: The New Frontier, running weekends from January 20 through March 4. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM, and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

Explore the work being done around the globe to make the dream of getting humans to the planet Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space. Follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.

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



Free parking for the ISU Planetarium's weekend programs is available a short distance from the Planetarium in the University red-tag F-67 parking lot, located on the east side of School Street.


Updated January 17, 2023.

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