Bringing the Universe to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan since 1965!

Shiras Planetarium

Exterior of the planetarium wing attached to the south side of Marquette Senior High School.

Welcome to the Shiras Planetarium Web Site.

Within these pages you can find out more about us and learn about our current public shows, school shows, and private shows.

Also, our site will link you to some of the area partners we have including the Marquette Astronomical Society and the U.P. Children痴 Museum.


Current Public Shows ~

The Shiras Planetarium is currently closed for renovations. We hope to re-open in early 2018. Check back for updates, or follow us on Facebook.


Donations for current upgrade projects can be made through the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation, a 501c3 organization.



School Shows are temporarily unavailable!

School Shows ~ Afternoon programs are available each day beginning at 11:30 am.

The Shiras Planetarium is proud to offer the following two options for shows with visiting school groups. View this list of programs as a menu of possible shows. Simply pick which programs (yes, you can choose more than one!) you are most interested in and then bring in your classes for a fascinating experience. For scheduling purposes, please limit your selections to within a 45 minute to 1 hour time frame. Thank you, and I hope to see you at your friendly neighborhood planetarium soon!


Option 1 ~ Live Presentation

These presentations can be on virtually any topic and can utilize any number of technologies in use at the planetarium. From our very popular introduction to the planetarium segment to demonstrating the size and scale of the Universe, we can do it all! It only takes our minds to pull it together for your students!

Option 2 ~ Pre-Recorded Programs

These are full dome, digital masterpieces that focus on a variety of specific topics. See the list below for many of our most popular offerings.

Elementary Ages

1) Introduction to the Planetarium

2) Legends of Orion

3) Earth-Sun-Moon

4) Planets of the Solar System

5) Wilbear痴 Adventure (flight)

6) Cowboy Astronomer

7) Moon Dreams

8) 9 Planets and Counting?

9) Space Shapes and Clockwork Skies

Secondary Ages

1) Seasonal Sky Tours

2) The StarGazer

3) IBEX Solar System Mission

4) 9 Planets and Counting?

5) The Nature of Science

6) Icy Worlds

7) Two Small Pieces of Glass

8) Size and Scale of the Universe

9) Cosmic Colors

10) Star Hunting w/ Messier

Other programs like Season of Light, War of the Worlds, Blown Away Weather Show, Endless Horizons, Ringworld, Einstein, Dawn of Astronomy, George and Oatmeal, Fun with music and light, Meet the technology, and more are also still available upon request!



Contact the director to make reservations or obtain further information.



Private Shows

The Shiras Planetarium is also open for rental of the theater space. Any of the shows listed above can be utilized in addition to other possibilities for birthday themes, special topics, etc.

Private shows can be scheduled pending availability and director痴 approval. Please note the planetarium has very limited after hours availability. Contact the director to make reservations or obtain further information.


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