The TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium welcomes group visits. Groups are booked in advance by reservation only and a reservation must be made at least one week prior to your scheduled visit. Reservations for groups are normally accepted from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday. Special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis for requirements outside the normal business day. Groups may book selected shows from our show library. You may review the current shows available for groups by visiting the shows section on our web page.
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium offers students and teachers a world-class astronomy & space science learning experience. Join us and explore the Universe in ways you wouldn't have thought possible. Review the following packages available. Additional shows are available, packages cannot be combined.
87 people maximum
1 show presentation
For the Dome Theater Experience you may choose a show(s) from our website.
1 show presentation
1 activity per group
Groups over 87 will be divided into two or more groups.
For the Planetarium Experience you may choose a show(s) from our show section.
2 hour period
80 students maximum, 30 minimum
1 show presentation followed by a classroom project
For the Space Explorers you may choose a show from the following:
|Accidental Astronauts||The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket|
|The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather||Wonders of the Universe|
|Secrets of the Sun||New Horizons|
|Extreme Planets||Force 5: Nature Unleashed|
|Earth, Moon, and Sun||The Little Star That Could|
*There will be a minimum fee of $150.00 for a total group of fifty (50) or less.
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 Outer Space Experience package.
Activities are offered ONLY for the Planetarium Experience package. Most activities meet the National Science Standards.
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 will complete details to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our reservations office at (956)326-2463.
Aramark has exclusive rights at Texas A&M International University. Sack lunches are permitted, but they MUST be provided by the School District. NO other 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.
Groups are asked to please arrive 20 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 and those who leave the planetarium cannot be readmitted due to extreme dark conditions. Please call (956) 326-3128 if you know you are going to be late.