Carr-Fles Planetarium

Thanks to the generosity of the Reach for the Stars campaign donors, you can experience the all-new Carr-Fles Planetarium, West Michigan’s only free planetarium, on the Muskegon Community College campus.

Features: State-of-the-art digital projection, sound and lighting systems. An all-new library of shows. Modern theater seating. New domed ceiling.

Admission: Free and open to the public. There are 44 theater seats and 5 spaces for those using wheelchairs. No reservations are needed.

Showtimes: 7 p.m. Doors open for seating by 6:45 p.m. and the show will begin as soon as the auditorium is full. All shows are approximately 35 minutes and include a brief demonstration of the current star positions.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Late August through June

Location: Muskegon Community College main campus – Room 135, 221 S. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon, MI

Parking: Free

Want to donate for acquiring new programs at Carr-Fles Planetarium? Click here.

Want to schedule a private showing?
Private shows, for groups of 15-44 or more during the day and 20 or more during the evening, may be reserved by calling (231) 777-0289. Teachers or group chaperones are encouraged to select one of the appropriate titles and schedule their visit two to three weeks in advance.

View the complete list of planetarium shows available for private shows

2018-19 Planetarium Shows

Oasis in Space poster

Oasis in Space

August 28 – October 30, 2018

Take a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water – a key ingredient for life here on Earth. This is a 35-minute presentation

Mystery of the Christmas Star

Mystery of the Christmas Star

November 1 – December 13, 2018
(No show on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22)

This modern look at the Christmas story revisits the significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth. Which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, leading them to Jesus? This is a 35-minute presentation.

Edge of Darkness show


Edge of Darkness

January 15 – February 28, 2019 and March 12 – March 28, 2019 (No shows on March 5 and 7)

Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons. This is a 35-minute presentation.

Faster than Light!


Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight

April 2 – May 2, 2019 and May 21 – June 13, 2019  (No shows on May 7-16)
Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us. This is a 35-minute presentation.