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Private Groups

The Planetarium offers special programs which are scheduled on an individual basis. Private groups can be scheduled by emailing [email protected] or by calling the office 903.468.8650. Examples of private groups or programs include but are not limited to:

  • Movie Night
  • Scouts Programs
  • Birthday Parties
  • Private Viewings

Private groups can include viewing one or more Planetarium shows with group sizes of up to 87 visitors. These are $4/person for one show, $7/person for two shows. There is a minimum fee of $50 with groups sizes of 12 or fewer.

Groups who wish to rent the facility for a movie, the standard fee is $50 for a two hour limit. Anything over 2 hours is an additional $25 per hour. The movie must be suitable for all audiences. All selections must be approved by our office before scheduling.

Please note that private groups are required to follow the policies of the Planetarium and Texas A&M University-Commerce. We request that private groups be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure adequate time for preparation and the scheduling of staff.

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.
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  • 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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