Museums & Technology

William M. Staerkel Planetarium

2400 W. Bradley Ave.

Champaign, Illinois 61821


217-351-2568


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Shows every Friday and Saturday evenings
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Discover the universe at the second largest planetarium in Illinois, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, located at Parkland College. Visitors can learn about the stars, planets, and more in this immersive environment.

Our public shows take place Friday and Saturday evenings year-round, along with matinées in the summer. We offer select shows in Spanish with a native-speaking presenter as well as shows with sensory-friendly settings, sensory supports, and social stories to prepare for your visit. 

Residents can book the planetarium as a venue for private shows, birthday parties, weddings, and other special events. Additionally, telescopes are available to rent for nights or weekends.

Enjoy Staerkel's lobby exhibits, which include Cosmic Blink, a mural by Billy Morrow Jackson that depicts many elements of astronomy; a "solar window" by Arthur Stern representing the Sun's path across the sky; and a rare collection of meteorites on loan from the family of James B. Kaler, U of I astronomer and science writer.

For more information about Staerkel Planetarium shows and exhibits, call the show hotline at 217/351-2446 or view our show calendar.

Check out the accessibility information for sensory-friendly shows!

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

“Hubble favorites” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in 2020, along with other planetarium videos

Learn more about the Planetarium Mural

Learn more about the Meteorite Collection

Group Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Kid Friendly

Type

Specialty

Hours

Shows every Friday and Saturday evenings
check website for details

More

2400 W. Bradley Ave.
Champaign, Illinois 61821

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