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Abrams Planetarium

Michigan State University, 755 Science Road

Abrams Planetarium opened its doors for the first time in 1963, and for the past forty years it has continued to excite and inspire both young and old. The planetarium is named for Talbert "Ted" Abrams and his wife Leota. Ted Abrams was a leader in the field of aerial photography and during the early 1960's he and his wife contributed a sizable amount to Michigan State University in order to build a center of space science education.

The original building was designed by Ralph Calder Associates of Detroit. It featured a 60-foot copper dome surrounded by a one-story windowless brick building, in a full Flemish bond. In 1995, windows were added to give it more character.

The building consists of three primary sections: the Exhibit Hall, the Blacklight Gallery, and the Sky Theater. Each part of the building has been renovated since its original construction, with each change representing an improvement in technology and scientific knowledge.


Elizabeth Dziedzic

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
A quick and fun educational experience!

Kelly Cousin

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Excellent place to go with little ones. Family show on Sundays caters to many ages, and is eductational & entertaining. Facility is up to date and clean.

Ellen Moll

Friday, Sep. 23, 2016
Abrams Planetarium provided an excellent experience for my class. As an instructor for a class on ancient cultures, it's a wonderful opportunity to have an on-campus field trip like this. Director Schmoll provided a fascinating presentation on the connections between ancient astronomy and mythology, expertly tailoring the presentation to the learning goals of the course, and it was both highly educational and entertaining as well. I absolutely look forward to coming back with students, friends, and colleagues.

Jeff Fleetwood

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Simply a wonderful small planetarium and a great asset for the Lansing Community. My kids clamor to go all the time. What better endorsement could there be?

Nicole Keverne

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
I took a class here and it was the best. Chairs are super comfy and star projections are phenomenal.

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