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William M. Staerkel Planetarium

2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61821-1806
+1 217-351-2568
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Great Place! Pink Floyd Light Show was fantastic

Best Entertainment at a reasonable cost. Comfortable seating very clean and friendly staff. Highly... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
Diane R
I love that we have a planetarium in town!

Parkland has an impressive planetarium especially for a Jr College in the middle of Illinois... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2017
Savoy, Illinois
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“night sky” (3 reviews)
“light show” (2 reviews)
“all ages” (2 reviews)
2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61821-1806
+1 217-351-2568
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Best Entertainment at a reasonable cost. Comfortable seating very clean and friendly staff. Highly recommended

1  Thank Diane R
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Parkland has an impressive planetarium especially for a Jr College in the middle of Illinois. Friendly folks and great shows too

1  Thank GroovyBabb
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I went to this show hoping it would better explain the relationship between solar flares and the Aurora Borealis. It not only did not have actual pictures of the flares it used computer created images of what it must be like. Absolutely not a show...More

1  Thank Peggy C
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Went here on a whim with the boyfriend on a night that we wanted to go out, but were tired of hitting bars. It was so informative and just amazingly relaxing. It's hard to explain, but I felt so good that I almost wanted to...More

2  Thank clsrsly
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Spectacular facility and a very experienced and knowledgeable host, program director and narrator rolled into one, namely Dave Leake. No matter what the show you learn and are entertained. Our church has come over every year for the past 3 years. For all ages. Cost...More

1  Thank James A
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We love the planetarium so much! Prices are really affordable, and they have a great rotating list of shows for all ages. They changes things up seasonally, and also offer some special evens throughout the year. You can also have a birthday party here.

2  Thank supapfunk
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The only place in a hundred miles where you can see the stars while indoors while listening to a terrific "Prairie Sky's" presentation of the night sky. A wonderfull place for children. Good easy and free parking. Lots of recurring and new shows. A very...More

1  Thank jwhoyt1
Reviewed 17 February 2016

The Planetarium is an interesting way to do something unique in Champaign. Look on their website to see what special events they have coming up to select a good match for you and your family.

1  Thank NealGarrison
Reviewed 15 October 2015

The staff was very energetic and informative and you could tell the presenter loved her job and loved to teach. A very good presentation

2  Thank Carol P
Reviewed 20 October 2014

If you want something different to do, maybe learn a little about the planet and the night sky, then definitely check out Staerkel Planetarium. If you're expecting a spectacular, hi-tech light show you're searching in the wrong city. I'm guessing that other reviewers were expecting...More

3  Thank Sarah3M
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evangeline c
11 August 2015|
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I now live in Champaign, il