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To Space and Back

Enhance your field trip experience with a planetarium show!

Space exploration–our greatest adventure–is having a big impact on your life. Not only is it helping discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, it’s reaching back down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space & Back takes you on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. The technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above and beyond is coming back down to Earth! Discover how space exploration is shaping your world.

This program is specifically designed for grades 4 through 6.

This program is available by request for groups of 30 or more. This show is available in Spanish.

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Have questions? We have answers! Explore frequently asked questions. For more information please contact us at Register@OMSI.edu or (503) 797-4661.

How do I reserve a planetarium show for my school group?

OMSI requires at least 2-weeks notice for scheduling a special documentary film time for a group visit. The easiest way to set up a documentary film as part of a field trip is using our online request form. Group leaders may also request a film title with our registration office at register@omsi.edu or 503.797.4661.

What is the minimum/ maximum group size for a planetarium field trip group rate?

Organizations need at least 12 participants to request a planetarium show group rate for a public, already scheduled showtime. Group size maximum is 115 participants.


Special showtimes are available for planetarium shows and must be requested at least 2-weeks in advance. Private show times require a minimum of 30 participants. 

Can I reserve a private planetarium show for my school group?

Special showtimes must be requested at least 2-weeks in advance and require a minimum of 30 participants. To inquire about a private showing please contact the registration office. 

Can I get a group rate for an evening laser light show?

No. OMSI does not offer field trip discounts or advanced ticket rates for evening laser light shows.

Is food allowed during planetarium shows?

No. Food is not allowed in the Kendall Planetarium. 

What if the school group is late to the planetarium show?

OMSI will wait until 5 minutes after the scheduled start time. Then, the show must continue to stay on schedule for the day. Registration will try to work with you on tickets for a different film title later in the day but rescheduling is not guaranteed. We are unable to change the set film schedule. Refunds are not available. 

Is re-entry allowed during planetarium shows?

No. Please encourage students to use restrooms before the show. Once the planetarium show starts the doors lock to the outside. Late attendees will not be admitted to the show.

Is the Kendall Planetarium wheelchair accessible?

The Kendall Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Explore access resources and amenities for guests visiting the museum. Learn More

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