Welcome to Longway Planetarium! Michigan's largest and most technologically advanced planetarium facility!
Mask Policy during Coronovirus Epidemic: Effective March 1, 2022, masks are respected but not expected.
Tickets can be reserved online, in-person, or over the phone at 810-237-3400.
Seniors 60+: $5
Children ages 2-11: $5
Children under 2: Free
All Longway Planetarium shows are 50% off for Genesee County residents
Adults: $3.50 | Seniors 60+: $2.50 | Children ages 2-11: $2.50
When you arrive, please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to confirm your residency. Longway Planetarium shows are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.
All Longway Planetarium shows are free for members
Please login to reserve your member tickets. Member discounts are automatically applied at checkout. When you arrive, please present your membership card and driver's license or ID to confirm your membership level.
Please present proof of status to receive a discount, i.e. member card, veteran ID, active military ID, or staff ID.
Flint Children’s Museum members: $1 off per ticket
Impression 5 and Ann Arbor Hands-On members: 50% off
Veterans, active military families, and teachers: Free
In November 2021, Longway received an upgrade to its computer systems and upgraded its planetarium projection system to Digistar 7. It remains Michigan’s largest and most technologically advanced planetarium facility. Enjoy the show!
Longway Planetarium Showtimes
Each show lasts 45 minutes.
Tuesday: 3:00 & 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 & 4:00 PM
Thursday: 3:00, 4:00, 7:00, & 8:00 PM
Friday: 3:00, 4:00, 7:00, & 8:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 7:00, & 8:00PM
Sunday: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 PM
Closed Mondays* (Open Monday, February 21, 2022, for Presidents' Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.!)
Skies Over Michigan
Longway Planetarium’s astronomy experts take you on a tour of the night sky over Michigan in this live planetarium lecture. Great for ages 10 to adult.
Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup and meet the people who are trying to save her species.
The Queen Light Show
Longway Planetarium breathes new life into the classic rock light show format with an original production set to the music of Queen. Experience 10 of Queen’s greatest hits, including favorites like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Another One Bites The Dust".
Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Great for ages 10 and older.
We Are Stars
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.
Perfect Little Planet
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose?
11:00 AM Every Second Saturday of the Month
During sensory-friendly shows, we turn the lights up and turn the sound down to provide a safe, welcoming environment for our friends with special needs. Click the links below for show details.
6:00 PM Every Second Saturday of the Month
Have fun with friends in person, while social distancing! Team up and compete against the other challengers in six common categories, including science, history, geography, literature, pop culture, and more. Recommended for ages 13 and older.
6:00 PM Every First Friday of the Month
First Fridays return to the planetarium in August for in-person events! Join us every first Friday of the month for talks on astronomy and local science topics.
Donations help us present engaging experiences with science and history to our community.
Thank you for helping us create the safest possible environment for our community
Longway Planetarium is now operating at full capacity (129 seats). We have been working hard to prepare the planetarium for your arrival and we can assure you that you will have a safe and fun experience when you visit. Following CDC, state and local authorities’ guidelines, these are some of the changes you can expect:
1. Masks: Masks are respected but not expected or required, effective March 1, 2022.
2. Stay Safe: Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and throughout the space. When you arrive, please be ready to present your receipt on your mobile device or print your ticket. Staff will request your email address for contact tracing purposes. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and visit us when you’re feeling better.
3. Improved Air Filtration: Longway Planetarium's HVAC systems have been updated with UV filtration.