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The TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium welcomes you and your class to an enjoyable immersive education experience that will be a one of a kind experience for your students.  You can choose from a variety of dynamic shows for your group visit.  Groups are booked in advance by reservation only, so please make your reservation at least one week prior to your scheduled visit.  Reservations for groups are normally accepted at times from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.  Note: Special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis for requirements outside the normal business day.  Groups may book a show selected from our many dynamic shows from our show library.  You may review the current shows available for groups by visiting the All Shows section on our web page.        

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium offers students and teachers a world-class astronomy & science learning experience. Join us and explore the Universe in ways you wouldn't have thought possible and experience the wonders of nature. If you have never been to the planetarium and If you want to see what it will be like when your students come to one of our unigue science programs at the planetarium you can click on the link below to watch our planetarium commercial.

 

 

 

Review the following packages available. Additional shows are available, packages cannot be combined.

Presentation Packages

The Dome Theater Experience: ($3 per student; $4 Teacher or chaperones)

87 people maximum
1 show presentation
For the Dome Theater Experience you may choose a show from our All Shows section


The Planetarium Experience: ($4 per student; $4 Teacher or chaperones) 

1 show presentation
1 Educational activity per group or group tour of the campus
For large groups over 87 they will be divided into two or more groups.
For the Planetarium Experience you may choose a show from our All Shows section.


The Space Explorers: ($5 per student; $4 teachers or chaperones)

2 hour period
87 students maximum, 30 minimum
2 shows you may choose a show from our All Shows section

 

For shows you may choose a show from the following  favorites or a show from All Shows:

Accidental Astronauts 32 min

Mayan Archeoastronomy 20 min

Amazing Journeys 42min   

Pandas: The Journey Home 37 min

Back to the Moon for Good

Space Next 38 min

Black Holes 40 min

 Starry Tale 37 min

Cosmic Adventure 20 min

The Little Star That Could 35 min

Dolphins & Whales 40 min

Secret of Cardboard Rocket 40 min     

Earth, Moon, and Sun 26 min

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth 30 min

Humpback Whales 40 min

The Zula Patrol: Under Weather 32min

 

Please read the following:

Rules:

  • NO Gum
  •  Sharp Objects such as pencils, pens, scissors and knives are not allowed.
  • Electronics such as radios, cellular telephones, and iPods should be turned off prior entering the Planetarium.
  •  No photography is allowed during the presentation unless prior authorization.
  • Must be here 15 minutes prior to show time.
  • The Texas A&M International University Planetarium holds eighty-seven people (87) with room for up to four (4) wheelchairs or other chairs.
  •  Partial occupancy groups may be combined with other groups at the discretion of the LBV Planetarium Reservations Office.
  •  There will be no campus tours scheduled during exam week.
  • Late arrivals are subject to cancellation or re-scheduled of event.
  • The payment needs to be made at time of arrival.. Cash, Checks and Credit Cards – Visa, MasterCard – are accepted. 
  • There are no refunds.

Campus Tours:

Tours are available through the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. Only groups of 90 or more are eligible. In case of late arrival may cause a cancellation of the tour. A campus tour cannot be combined with The Space Explores package. For tours please contact office of Recruitment and School Relations at 956-326-2270.

 

Classroom Activities:

Activities are offered ONLY for the Planetarium Experience packages. Most activities meet the National Science Standards and are tied as close to TEKS as possible.

Reservation Information:

Currently the planetarium has two different types of group reservations; school groups and private organizations (this includes birthday parties, corporate parties, private events, fund raiser's etc.).  Please fill out the electronic reservation form and submit it. Upon receipt of your reservation request form a confirmation will be sent to you.  If you have any additional questions/requests please email us for complete details to planetarium@tamiu.edu or contact our reservations office at (956)326-2463.

RESERVATION FORM

Catering Services:

Aramark has exclusive rights at Texas A&M International University. NO outside food is allowed(McDonalds, Whataburger, etc).A penalty surcharge of $150 will be charged in case of disregarding this policy.If interested in purchasing a lunch meal, please contact Aramark at 956.326.2091. Please note that meals will not be served in the Planetarium, a space must be reserved through Event Services at 956.326.2930.

 


Please Note:

Groups are asked to please arrive 15 minutes early for all shows or activities.  There may be more than one group scheduled in the planetarium for the same time as your group or there may be groups scheduled after your show.  Therefore, we can not hold shows.  Latecomers cannot be admitted if with another group due to extreme dark conditions.  Please call (956) 326-2463 if you know you are going to be late.