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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 7 all-digital projection system in a 40-foot dome, providing amazing sights and sounds for audiences of all ages. The Planetarium’s 81 reclined seats immerse the viewer in a space environment, filling their vision and appearing to take them to places far-beyond Earth.

Planetarium McFarland

The planetarium is open to the public for regular planetarium shows on Fridays at 7:00 pm and 8:15 pm. Each show lasts approximately 50 minutes, beginning with a live, interactive presentation of the current night sky where constellations, stars and planets are shown.

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Planetarium COVID-19

Planetarium Exterior

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the maximum number of guests will be at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. The Planetarium has instituted the following guidelines for the health and safety of all visitors and planetarium staff:

  • Reservations are available by calling the main office at 903.468.8650 prior to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Reservations are not required however any calls after 2 pm will not be added to the reservations for that night.
  • Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Seating is a first come-first choice, no reserved seats. The ticket office will open at 6:30 pm, we anticipate opening the doors for seating approximately 10-15 minutes before the start of each show.
  • Although masks are no longer required, they are highly recommended for all visitors; especially in an enclosed area.
  • The planetarium has added additional ventilation including units with HEPA filters.
  • Guests will not be permitted into the dome until disinfection has been completed. We anticipate opening the doors for seating approximately 10-15 minutes before the start of each show.
  • Tickets are $5/person; all ages.

Upcoming Friday Night Shows

Planetarium Calendar Events

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Additional shows and times can be found on the 2021 schedule.

Reservation Process

All visitors are welcome to make reservations by 2 pm on Friday however reservations are no longer required with the lifting of COVID restrictions. To make a reservation, please call the office at 903.468.8650 to speak to one of our staff or email [email protected]

If you are unable to reach a staff member, please leave your name, callback number, showtime (7:00 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.) and the number of tickets requested. A callback can be requested by emailing [email protected] with your party’s name and number before 2:00 pm on Friday.

Ticket Pricing

Tickets are $5 per person for each member of your party.

Private Groups

The Planetarium is offering private group reservations outside of the public shows offered on Friday evenings. A private show includes a night sky presentation and any one show from the show catalogue. If you would like to reserve a private group, please contact the office at 903.468.8650 or email [email protected]. The cost of a single private show is $5 per person for groups of 10 or more and $50 for groups fewer than 10.

For a “movie” night facility rental, please call our office for more details. The charges for a “movie” night are $75 for a 2-hour period. Additional charges applied for anything in excess of 2-hours. You are responsible for providing your own movie via DVD or Blu-ray. We reserve the right to decline any movie that is not considered “family-friendly”.

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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 and print a parking pass for all visits other than Friday night public shows.

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.
  • 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, including gum and candy.
  • The Planetarium’s maximum seating capacity is 81 visitors. We are required to remain strictly within those limits.
  • The Planetarium is handicap accessible. Please see the seating guide below for handicap access. Our office is happy to accommodate special requests and can be reached at 903.468.8650.
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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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