Besser Museum
Digital Dome Planetarium Theater

Current Shows

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Ticket Prices

Adults - $5 ea.

Children (10 and under) - $3 ea.

Museum Members - $3 ea.

Alpena Community College students - $3 ea.

Current Show Descriptions

The Star of Bethlehem

“The Star of Bethlehem” is a full dome planetarium show that takes us back to the little  town  of  Bethlehem  of  long  ago  where  the  birth  of  Jesus  was  announced  to  the  humble  shepherds by “a multitude of the heavenly host” and to the people of Israel by the arrival of the Wise Men. Guided by the light of the “star that they saw in the east” they traveled far from their lands to "come and worship  him”.  In  our  endeavor  to  investigate  what this "Star" might have been, we  present  all  the  historical  and scientific facts  we  have  today  in  order  to unravel  this 2,000-year old enigma in a special audiovisual show that fills the audience  with  a  sense  of  wonder and an air of innocence. Accompanied by the music of the best known Christmas Carols of the Season the narration guides the audience through the various historical and astronomical information of the Christmas story along with the various facts concerning our calendar in order to guide them to make their own conclusions as to what this “wonder” star was all about.  

Suggested audience: all ages

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

"Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope" was produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, Two Small Pieces of Glass, traces the history of the telescope from Galileo's modifications to a child's spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Suggested audience:  all ages

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Did the Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore this, impacts, and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic new show.

Suggested audience:  all ages

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Michigan Skies Live

Michigan Skies Live is a live, interactive show that will take you on a tour of the best and brightest objects above your heads.  Explore the stars and find constellations, planets, galaxies and more.  The show changes as the sky does, so come back again and again for a new experience.

Suggested audience:  ages 7+​

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Phantom of the Universe:  The Hunt for Dark Matter

This show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines. 

Suggested audience:  Ages 7+

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The Accidental Astronauts

Follow the adventures of Sy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space!  Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer.  Follow an asteroid as it crashes into the Moon.  Bounce along with them on the lunar surface.  Get up close and personal with a solar storm.  And gain a new appreciation of our home planet.  

Suggested audience:  all ages

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Oasis in Space

Oasis in Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water - a key ingredient for life on Earth.

Suggested audience:  all ages

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Mayan Archaeostronomy:  Observers of the Universe

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history.

Suggested audience:  Ages 7+

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The Sistine Chapel

Finding a moment to reflect on Michelangelo’s “Book of Genesis” isn’t easy in the noisy, tourist-filled Sistine Chapel. Along with working your way through the masses filling every corner of the Vatican’s popular destination, a security official yells “no photos!” every few seconds in an effort to preserve the 16th century masterpiece. So instead, come to the planetarium where you can can gaze at the same artwork!

After a short history of the chapel, enjoy a detailed explanation of all of Michelangelo's works, including the Creation of Adam, the stories of Noah and Moses, and the Last Judgement

Suggested audience:  Ages 5+

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Santa's Secret Star

 Follow along as Rudolph introduces Santa to his friends the constellations. Watch how the constellations help Santa and his crew make it back to the North Pole. Learn how you can navigate by the stars just like Santa.

Suggested audience:  All Ages

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Ticket Prices

Adults - $5 ea.

Children (10 and under) - $3 ea.

Museum Members - $3 ea.

Alpena Community College students - $3 ea.

 
 

Our Digital Dome Team

Jonathan Winckowski

Planetarium Coordinator

John Heath

Planetarium Instructor

Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

989-356-2202

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491 Johnson Street

Alpena, MI 49707

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