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Schedule a Show or Museum Tour

Use the form below to schedule tours for the various attractions located in Science Hall.


About Planetarium Shows …

            Our public shows are advertised on the planetarium web site, https://www.emporia.edu/physci/planetarium/ and are every Tuesday evening and Second Saturday mornings. For more information, visit our Events. Call 620-341-5636 to secure a place!

Scheduling other show times is available to groups of 8-38 participants by appointment. Please sign up using the web site.

Weekends are upon request.

A brief presentation of the Night Sky over Emporia (or other specified locations) the choice is yours among our 20 video selections.

We offer one video showing in Spanish - Fito Gato en el Espacio!

            We suggest a donation of $20 per group.  Please make checks payable to ESU Peterson Planetarium. If you would like an invoiced/receipt, please indicate that below in the Special Requests box. If you have any questions, please call the Science and Math Education Center at 620-341-5636.

Available Tours: 

  • Schmidt Museum Tour (max capacity 30)

            The Schmidt Museum of Natural History contains a comprehensive collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish from Kansas. A research collection of more than 2,500 bird and mammal skins from various parts of the U.S. is maintained for advanced study and research.

  • Johnston Museum Tour (max capacity 30)

            The Johnston Geology Museum contains geological specimens predominantly from Kansas. Included among the 45 displays in the museum are the world famous Hamilton Quarry Fossil Assemblage, the Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps, and the Hawkins and the Calkins Indian Artifact Collections.

  • Planetarium (max capacity 36)

            The Peterson Planetarium can seat up to 36 and has night sky programs that describe a variety of constellations as well as other celestial objects. It also has a full dome projector with shows geared toward all academic levels and cover topics such as the universe, our solar system, geologic phenomenon, mathematics and biology.

  • Forensic Science Crime Scene Space

            The Forensic Science Crime Scene Space shows students a mock crime scene room and research space for projects related to crime scene investigation. 

  • History of Mathellaneous Calculation Exhibit

This exhibit offers an assortment of mathellaneous items. It shows the progression of calculating devices over the past 100 years, as well as a collection of mathematical texts from the 1800s. Other aids used in the teaching of mathematics are also on display.

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