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Hardin Planetarium at Western Kentucky University

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Parties, events, celebrations:

(when you have chosen your event and date, submit the on-line form below)

(View pictures of one of our parties here!)

Using the Ring Hall and/ or Star Chamber for
and event:

Many groups use the Planetarium's facilities for their special event.  The Ring Hall is a
well-lit, temperature-controlled, indoor space, with museum exhibits to look at.

Fee:

  • $100 for an hour and 15 minutes (if your special event lasts longer than 1:15, please contact us for the additional cost, billed at $40 for each additional half hour).
  • Cost includes use of space but not a program
  • Use of space includes tables and chairs, garbage cans, restroom, running water.
  • Hosts/event organizers are allowed approximately 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the event to set up and clean up. Time required for set up and clean up (within reason) will not be an additional charge to the host.

Conditions and Rules

  • Event organizers/ hosts are responsible for their own set-up and clean-up. This is a public building with very limited staff. We expect the facility to be ready to host the next public show when you leave.
  • All children must be supervised by adults at all times. For children's events, please provide enough adult supervision for the size of the group.
  • Visitors are expected to respect and not touch exhibits and other equipment. 
  • Games or activities involving running, jumping, rough-housing or other very active motion are not allowed in the building.
  • If the event includes food and beverages, these must be confined to the Ring Hall. Food and beverages are not allowed in the Star Chamber.

Please fill in the form at the bottom to request a date for your event.

Add a Planetarium program:

Planetarium ProgramEvent organizers may add a planetarium program to their event or party for an additional fee. The Planetarium holds as many as 110 people. Events that use the Star Chamber for something other than seating and overhead lights (e.g., adding movies, PowerPoints, music, custom lighting, etc.) will be considered an added program and will be charged an additional fee.

Fee:

  • Standard planetarium programs last 45 minutes and cost $90. If you let us know an age range for the party, we can suggest a list of possible shows tailored to the age level of your event.  But here are a few possibilities:
    • Two Small Pieces of Glass: This is a full-dome 360 degree full-immersion movie, lasts 25 minutes, and is about two pre-teens who go to a star party, look through telescopes, learn about what telescopes do, how they are made, their history, and see some of the amazing things we are seeing with them now.
    • Seasonal Star Stories: This interactive event usually 45 minutes and includes using the Planetarium to look at the patterns in the night sky's stars, naming them and inventing our own stories about them much as our ancestors did when they first learned the patterns in the sky.
    • Motions: This show begins with pointing out that we see the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, but over the course of 24 hours they move. We examine how, where and their relationships to each other. The time duration is 45 minutes, depending on your schedule.
    • SpaceShip Earth: We live on a world that just will not sit still. This 45-minute, multi-media full-dome presentation explores the many ways that we humans are hurtling through our universe. Sing along to the music as you experience the spectacular planetarium simulations and full-dome video imagery showing our Spaceship Earth as it rotates on its axis, in orbit around our Sun, which is in orbit with hundreds of billions of other stars in our Milky Way galaxy, which is moving in our amazing and expanding universe.
  • Contact us for a full range of possible pre-set programs.
  • Custom programs may be designed for any group for an additional cost. Contact us to let us know what you would like to have to enhance your special program or event.
Conditions and Rules
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the Star Chamber.
  • Event hosts are responsible for their own set-up and clean-up. This is a public building with very limited staff. We expect the facility to be ready to host the next public show when you leave.
  • Any materials brought into the Star Chamber or Ring Hall must be either removed from the building or placed in the provided trash receptacles.

Please fill in the form at the bottom to request a date for your event.

JUST A PROGRAM:

Occasionally, groups want to come just to see a program at the Planetarium, without using the Ring Hall. Groups coming in for a program only, outside the time frame of our public shows can book the Planetarium accordingly:

  • During regular business hours:  $60 for a forty-five show
  • Outside of regular business hours: $90 for a forty five minute show
  • Custom designed shows may be requested: Please contact us for pricing

Conditions and Rules

  • No food or beverages are allowed in the Star Chamber.
  • Event hosts are responsible for their own clean-up. This is a public building with very limited staff. We expect the facility to be ready to host the next public show when you leave.

 

ON LINE EVENT REQUEST FORM

 Please fill in the form below to request a date for your event. We will contact you after receiving your request.


Do you wish a program in the Star Chamber?

Do you want to use the Ring Hall?


 

We hope this answers most of your questions. If there are special interests beyond what we have mentioned, please let us know and we can discuss your needs more specifically.

If you have more questions or need more information, email us at hardin.planetarium@wku.edu, or call us at 270-745-4044.


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