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Planetarium Information

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium is located on the first floor of the McFarland Science Building and is home to a Digistar 5 all-digital projection system in a 40 foot dome which provides amazing sights and sounds audiences of all ages. The Planetarium’s 87 reclined seats immerse the viewer in a space environment, filling their vision, appearing to take them to places beyond the Earth.

Planetarium McFarland

The planetarium is open to the public for regular planetarium shows on Fridays at 7 & 8 pm. Each show lasts approximately 50 minutes and begins with a live-interactive presentation of the current night sky where constellations, stars, and planets are shown.

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Announcements

The Home School show scheduled for Wednesday, 11/6/19 is cancelled due to technical issues. The next scheduled Home School show is Wednesday, 12/4/19. We would like to issue our apologies for this unexpected delay.

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Friday Night Shows

7:00 pm

Dawn of the Space Age

dawn of the space age show at planetarium Theater

October 18th – November 15th

8:00 pm

Back to the Moon

back to the moon at planetarium Theater

October 18th – November 15th

The ticket office will open 30 minutes prior to first show; 6:30pm.

Reservations can be made to guarantee a ticket into the program. However, all seating is first come, first serve. There are no reserved seats.

Tickets for Friday night shows can be reserved by emailing [email protected] or by calling our office at 903.468.8650. If you would like to leave a message for your reservation, please include all of the following:

  • Name
  • Show date and time (7pm, 8pm, or both)
  • Total number of requested tickets

Completed requests will result in reserved tickets available in the ticket office for purchase available until 5 minutes before show time. Please note that you will not receive a call back due to the large volume of calls and our staff will be preparing for the evening’s show.

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School Groups

Planetarium School

Planetarium shows are specifically designed for school groups to meet the criteria critical to learning. Students will experience the wonders of the night sky through a live, interactive presentation. Teachers will have the option of scheduling a feature presentation that targets grade-level content appropriate for all ages of learning.

Teachers can make the selection or receive a recommendation from our staff. For more information about the reservation process, please visit our School Groups page.

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Private Groups

Planetarium Exterior

The Planetarium welcomes special groups of any age for private showings which may include a Planetarium show, a private DVD or Blu-Ray, or hosting a birthday celebration. For more information about the reservation process, please our Private Groups page.

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ADMISSION PRICES

General Admission
Adults $5.00
Senior citizens (over 55) & TAMUC faculty/staff (with ID) $4.50
Children (under 18) & university students (with ID) $4.00
Privately scheduled groups, School groups, or Special programs:
Per person rate for one show selection (for groups larger than 12) $4.00
Per person rate for two shows presented back-to-back $7.00
Minimum (for groups with less than 12 in attendance-one show) $50.00

A $1.00 discount will be provided on the second show for each person who purchases tickets for both shows on the same day.

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Directions

The planetarium is located in the McFarland Science Building of the A&M-Commerce campus, located approximately 65 miles northeast of the Dallas metroplex.

From Dallas, take Interstate 30 east. Exit to Highway 50/24 (exit 101) and proceed approximately 10 miles north to Commerce. The first intersection/stoplight is Culver and Hwy 50/24, turn right toward the east and prepare to take the first turn left turn on Neal Street. Continue straight on Neal Street which will end at the McFarland Science Building. Signs have been posted for directions beginning at the intersection of Culver and Hwy 50/24.

Physical address: 2201 W. Neal St, Commerce, TX 75428

All personal vehicles are required to complete a parking pass for all visits other than Friday night public shows. The free parking pass application can be found by clicking this link

Due to construction in front of the science building, please utilize parking lots 16, 18, and 19 on the campus map found at the link below for all parking.

Parking in Lot 35 is extremely limited during regular business hours.

Please allow extra time for parking and to purchase tickets. For the comfort and safety of all our visitors, once the planetarium doors are closed, late admission is not permitted.

Free Visitors Parking Pass

Campus Map

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Planetarium Policies

For the comfort and safety of all planetarium visitors, we request that all visitors comply with the following policies:

  • No late admission to the planetarium, once the show begins, the doors will remain closed for the comfort and safety of all visitors.
  • Due to construction, access from Hwy 24 is permanently closed. Please enter from either Culver or Neal Street, and use parking lots 16, 18, or 19 as noted on the campus map for parking.
  • All cell phones must be turned off before entering the planetarium. The phones can interfere with the wireless system used to run the program.
  • No food or drinks in the planetarium—this includes gum or candy.
  • After the doors are closed for the beginning of the program they will remain closed. If there is a reason to leave the show while it is in progress, you will not be allowed to re-enter the facility. The light flooding the planetarium interrupts the viewing for all of the remaining guests as well as jeopardizing the safety of those moving in the darkened facility.
  • Campus Map
  • All personal vehicles are required to display a parking pass for all visits other than Friday night public shows. The form for the free parking pass can be found by clicking this link. Free Visitor Parking Pass
  • The seating capacity of the planetarium is 87 and we are required to strictly remain within those limits.
  • The Planetarium is handicap accessible. Please see the seating guide below for handicap access. Feel free to call for any special requests. Our office will be happy to accommodate any needs and can be reached at 903.468.8650.
Planetarium Handicap Map
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Contact Us

For questions and inquiries about the Planetarium or observatory please contact us at:
903.468.8650

For a recorded message providing show information and times call:
903.468.8652

Contact us by e-mail at [email protected]

Or by regular mail at:

A&M-Commerce Planetarium
McFarland Science Building, Suite 148
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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