February 2, 2016
The Moody Planetarium at the Museum of Texas Tech University is re-opening Friday (Feb. 5) after almost six months of renovations. Visitors can expect a livelier, more comfortable experience and a wider variety of shows.
The planetarium closed in August for renovations. The updates include a repaired laser, the removal of outdated equipment and an additional fire exit. The grant from the Moody Foundation, which curator of anthropology Eileen Johnson authored, also funded new shows for visitors.
“More shows means visitors can come to the planetarium throughout the year and always see something new,” said Jill Hoffman, the Helen DeVitt Jones curator of education for the museum. “The generosity of the Moody Foundation has been essential to making the planetarium an even more popular attraction in Lubbock.”
Museum administrators hope to expand science-based programming at the museum, and the planetarium plays a major part in that goal. Astronomy professors have held labs at the planetarium for years, which Hoffman said will continue, and she hopes to see the professors use the museum and planetarium to reach out to the community as well.
“The planetarium would be a great way to connect the knowledge and enthusiasm of the astronomy professors with a broader audience, so now that the space is a bit more lively I hope we can find ways for them to present talks and other ideas,” she said.
Several shows will be featured Friday:
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It is part of the First Friday Art Trail and will be open until 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets to planetarium shows are $5 for adults and $3 for children, teens, seniors and Texas Tech students. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before a show and must be purchased in person. Entrance to the museum is free.
The Museum of Texas Tech University was established in 1929.
It consists of the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the research and educational elements of the Lubbock Lake Landmark, and the Val Verde County research site.
The museum also offers masters degrees in Museum Science and Heritage Management and a wide variety of educational programs for the general public.
The museum is located at Fourth Street and Indiana Ave. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday.
To request special assistance, contact the Museum Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 742-2432.Twitter