The planetarium, built in 1964 on the campus of Birmingham Southern College, receives more than 15,000 visitors young and old, each year. The 87 seat circular theater for artificial star gazing is a terrific place to ponder the wonders and mysteries of the universe. This, the first planetarium built in Alabama, was a gift to Birmingham Southern College from the Robert R. Meyer foundation. The only other planetarium in Birmingham is located at Samford University. There are only three others in Alabama outside of Birmingham (Muscle Shoals, Huntsville and Montgomery). Planetarium shows are offered one Saturday or Sunday each month and usually last an hour. Special group showings are available.
Many are inspired when they see the really "big picture" of things. But consider your expectations and those of our video-oriented kids. This is not 3D, HD, IMAX or a view of the universe as can be seen by the Hubble telescope. Video may accompany your program but the starfields are still generated here the old-fashioned way by a unique piece of specialized engineering--a Spitz A-3P star projector. A visit to the Robert R. Meyer Planetarium is a wonderful way to spend an hour viewng a night sky you may have forgotten and your children may never have seen. Many scientists credit a planetarium experience for their vocation. It is well worth the visit.
No reservations required one Saturday or Sunday each month for public showings at
2:00 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. Information recording: 205-226-4771.
Reserved showings for groups (10-80 participants) --Reservations required: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm.
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, Ala. 35254
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Take I-20/I-59 to the Arkadelphia Road Exit #123 and follow the signs to Birmingham-Southern College. You will need to stop at the guard's station.