To arrange a visit for your school group, please call RMSC Group Scheduling at (585)697-1942.
To help ensure that your visit to the Planetarium building is a pleasant, worthwhile experience, we hope you will take a moment to read the information below. You will receive further information about visiting RMSC with your reservation confirmation.
About the Planetarium
The Strasenburgh Planetarium Star Theater has approximately 200 seats. If you are attending a regular weekday morning school presentation, your group will probably share the theater with other groups seeing the same program. Seating is under the direction of your program presenter. The staff will be glad to assist anyone with special needs (see information below about service for people who use wheelchairs).
Arriving at the Planetarium
Please bring your reservation confirmation. Please read carefully the information you receive with your confirmation.
Please arrive in the Planetarium lobby 15 minutes early to allow time for check-in and restrooms.
Please arrive knowing your exact total head count, including students, teachers, chaperones, and bus drivers.
To speed check-in for everyone, please ask one person from your group to check in at the box office with your head count and payment. Payment may be made with cash, check, credit card, or purchase order.
To keep the experience enjoyable for everyone, once a show has started, latecomers will not be admitted.
Restrooms are located past the exhibit hall, next to the Challenger Learning Center, and are wheelchair accessible. Each restroom at the Planetarium has three "stations."
Please keep your coats with you as you enter the Star Theater.
Please use indoor voices, walk calmly, and behave respectfully toward other students, teachers, and the Planetarium staff.
Please turn off cell phones, smartphones, tablets and similar devices when entering the Star Theater and keep them powered off until the end of your program.
Food, drink, gum, and candy are not permitted in the Planetarium.
Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior of students throughout your visit.
In the Star Theater, teachers and chaperones should sit among the students.
For people who use wheelchairs
The Planetarium is wheelchair-accessible. You can roll from the lobby to a comfortable location in the Star Theater without encountering any steps.
When you call to make your reservation, please let the scheduler know if anyone in your group uses a wheelchair, or if there are other special needs. We will be glad to help.
For people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
All school showings of the large-format films Amazing Journeys and Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk are presented with open captioning on the screen.
Star shows are not captioned. However, lighting can be arranged for your sign-language interpreter. Please call (585)697-1942 before your trip to arrange for lighting. Before your visit, your interpreter may find it helpful to review an outline or script of the program you are going to see. Click on Programs and then select the title of your program.
The Star Theater is equipped with an induction-loop hearing assistance system, which is in operation for all programs. To receive the signal, set hearing aid switches to "T." A loop receiver is also available for loan at the Planetarium box office.
For more information about the content of a Planetarium program:
Click on Programs and then select the title of the program you are interested in.
If you have further questions or would like to share ideas or suggestions about the content of a Planetarium show, please contact Planetarium Director Steve Fentress: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voice mail message at (585)271-4552 x409.