planetarium projector and dome

We welcome groups of all kinds to join us for educational planetarium programs. Consider bringing your school or community groups to the planetarium for free. Choose from live shows presented by a trained lecturer and adapted to fit your needs, or educational programs that are designed specifically for planetariums, accompanied by a short live presentation. There’s always time for questions and requests by audience members after any of our programs.


General Info
  • Request forms are required for all school and group visits. The planetarium will be opened specifically for your group visit.
  • The planetarium is open to groups Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.*
  • All school and group programs reserved during our posted hours are free of charge. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • A minimum of 25* guests is required for all group shows. The planetarium seats 152 guests with four additional spots for wheelchairs.

*We are occasionally able to accommodate groups that do not meet the required 25-guest minimum. We are also occasionally able to host groups requesting a show outside our listed hours. We will consider requests on a case-by-case basis and will be flexible where possible.

Explore Other Campus Attractions

There are other options on campus to explore like the Museum of Art and Orchid Greenhouse. If you are interested in learning more about these sites and how to add them to your schedule, please contact us.

Decide when a visit to the planetarium fits into your curriculum and what show would be best for your group.

Explore all of our programs in our Show Library. You’ll be asked for a program title and learning objectives when you submit the request form.

If you need assistance selecting a program that best meets your group’s learning needs and interests, please contact us.

Make your reservation request by filling out the online form for group visits.

Plan ahead and make your reservation at least two weeks in advance. If you do not receive a confirmation email within three business days, please contact us.

When making your reservation, if you have students with special needs, please communicate them in your online request so that we may make accommodations. The planetarium has barrier-free access on the south side of the building. The planetarium also has headsets available for the hearing impaired.

Prepare your students for what it will be like in the planetarium.

Discuss the planetarium's rules with your group:

  • The planetarium is opened specifically for your visit. We do our best to open doors 10 minutes before your scheduled show time.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are NOT permitted in the planetarium.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light must be silenced or turned off at the start of all programs.
  • Please have members of your group refrain from wearing light-up shoes the day of their visit.
  • Children 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please do not touch any of the planetarium equipment.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Ball State University campus.

Make sure to review our location and parking information <anchor link to section below> prior to your visit and share any important information with your group/drivers.

The planetarium is opened specifically for your group visit. We do our best to open planetarium doors 10 minutes before your scheduled visit.

Plan to arrive early for students to use the restrooms before show time.

Be aware that the planetarium and restrooms are located near offices and classrooms.

When entering the building it is best to lead your group in a single-file line. You will be greeted inside the planetarium lobby by a planetarium instructor if you arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled show time or later. The planetarium instructor will lead your group in and give specific instructions on where guests should sit.

Back in the classroom, you will find it helpful to lead a group discussion and/or plan an activity in any subject (art, history, writing, etc.) that is linked to the content covered. We also appreciate any feedback you may have. Please email us!

Location

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University is on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, located along Riverside Avenue at:

2000 W. Riverside Ave.
Cooper Science Complex
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Parking

There is no free parking on campus Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

The lot directly west of the planetarium (lot R11) is restricted 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Bus parking is available directly south of the Student Center, along College Avenue (near the Student Center Parking Garage).

For more information on where to park, please contact Parking Services.

Metered Parking

Parking Map

The Ball State Parking Map has a complete list of parking areas and restrictions for parking on campus after 5 p.m. The Cooper Science Complex is building CL located at G4 on the print map. View map (PDF).

Daytime parking is located at:

McKinley Avenue Parking Garage

Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306

(You must pay at the beginning of your stay in the parking garage.)

Riverside Avenue

Metered parking is available off Riverside Avenue, west of the planetarium. This parking is not managed by Ball State University.

Visitors Passes

You may also purchase a visitors parking permit online if you are a member of the general public or not affiliated with Ball State. A permit costs $5 per day and may be purchased online by setting up a guest account with a valid email address. Parking is permitted only in the yellow and green marked lots on campus and does not allow for parking at a meter or in the paid areas of the garages.

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More Information

For additional information on parking, contact Parking Services.

Warning

The parking lot located directly west of the planetarium should NOT be used for school bus drop-off or pick-up.

School buses may drop off students in the designated area near the Riverside entrance to the Fine Arts Building and Museum of Art, east of the planetarium. Parking is prohibited in this area, as it is reserved for drop off and pick up only.

To reach the planetarium by local public transportation, take the MITS Ball State-Riverside Route 14. The bus stops on Riverside Avenue, across the street from the planetarium.