John C. Wells Planetarium, Harrisonburg

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Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
Free Shows For The Public Presented On Saturdays


The John C. Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the academic year (September through to the end of June). Shows are held at 11am, 1pm, 2:15pm and 3:30pm. Seating will begin 10 minutes before showtime and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets nor reservations are required!

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Each fulldome video is followed by a LIVE 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible in our Valley sky!

School Groups


For information and to make reservations for school groups, please visit our website at and fill out a reservation form!
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  • We attended the 1pm show on Saturday.The show was not only free but very kid oriented and interactive.I am so glad we made it on time and did not miss it! Definitely recommend this to families with...  more »
  • We have attended a few youth programs with JMU at this location. Very neat for adults and kids to look around and watch. Fairly high tech setup, but hours seem to be fairly limited. Highly recommend.....  more »
  • Lots of events are held here for the public. Check out their events and attend. Highly recommended.
  • Enjoyable good for kids and adults

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