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Lyman Spitzer Jr Planetarium

The Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium is OPEN!

Join our Night Owl Club for monthly astronomy discussions.

When you want an immersive planetarium experience in Vermont’s only public planetarium, there are new steps to keep guests and presenters safe.

  • Fairbanks Museum members can reserve tickets by email. Reservations must be received at least 24 hours in advance of your visit and picked up at least 1/2 hour before the scheduled presentation. Not currently a member? Join online now, then reserve your plantarium tickets!
  • Fairbanks Museum members are admitted at no charge.
  • Tickets for nonmembers are $7/person.
  • You can purchase your tickets at the front desk on the day of your visit. Please check the calendar for times and availability. 
  • Reserve the planetarium for your party (up to 24 people) including a personal show of your choice, free admission to the museum for everyone in your group, plus a family membership for $250. Please call 802-748-2372. Reservations for a private show must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Our planetarium offers an immersive, surrounded experience. Regularly scheduled presentations are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Once the doors are closed, guests will no longer be admitted.

Planetarium Presentations

Extreme Weather

This full-dome planetarium film might be introduced by one of our Eye on the Sky meteorologists! Get closer than you've ever been to collapsing glaciers, out-of-control wildfires, and tornado-whipped debris while discovering the surprising connections among these powerful forces. About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible.

Time-travel to the age of the dinosaurs during one of these life-like, animated films:

Dinosaurs of Antarctica

From the Permian through the Jurassic, journey to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. Roam the primitive forests and thick swamps with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Enter a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals—where survival means enduring the sunless, six-month polar winter surrounded by meat-eaters with night vision. Join intrepid Antarctic scientists on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation—and to predict the future as humans drive dramatic change. Welcome to the lost prehistoric world of Gondwana. Welcome to Antarctica.

DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA - Official Trailer from Giant Screen Films on Vimeo.

Flying Monsters

Renown British naturalist David Attenborough explains the rise and fall of pterosaurs, mistakenly known as flying dinosaurs. He also flies a glider to show how big the Quetzalcoatlus, at the time the largest known pterosaur species, really was.

From Earth to the Universe

This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The show was produced for the ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre.

Fairbanks Night Owl Club

An informal, virtual conversation with astronomy experts and presenters to discuss all of your questions about stars, planets, and space exploration!