Schreder Planetarium

photo of fall 2017 planetarium schedule

About Us

In the spring of 1979 the Schreder Planetarium was opened in Redding as a multi-media science education facility serving the students and citizens of Northern California. The planetarium provides student and community education in Astronomy and Space Science. Capturing the passion and curiosity of children, teenagers and adults, the planetarium is a beautiful, domed theater in which a realistic and scientifically accurate simulation of the night sky is created, using a highly specialized digital projector. The Digistar 3 projector uses powerful graphics hardware and software to generate immersive full-dome images on the interior surface of a dome, integrating all-dome video, real time 3D computer graphics, and complete digital astronomy.

  • Approximately 1,500 square feet
  • 10 meter domed theater
  • 65 seats
  • Built by architects Nichols & Woodward
  • Contractor was Ken Gifford
  • The only astronomy public education center in the north state

Now we embark on a journey of bringing the fascination of astronomy and science to a greater audience. Committed to bring scientific, educational and informative programming to northern California for every age. Our programs are diverse ranging from scientific documentaries to science fiction stories. Schreder Planetarium is open for school field trips with reservation and evening public shows at least once a month.

Hours of Operation

Schreder Planetarium is open to the public for public evening shows only. Shows are always at 7:00p.m. on the dates listed under the tab "Public Evening Shows - Buy Tickets Here!" We also host group field trips throughout the school year during the day. Unfortunately, we are not open to the public during normal business hours for walk-throughs. If you have any questions, please call us at (530) 225-0243. Thank you!

Public Evening Shows - Buy Tickets Here!

Schreder Planetarium is pleased to open it's doors to the public for several evening shows each season. Stay tuned to our calendar to find out about upcoming shows!


Tickets are $7 each. Children under 5 may enter for free with a paying adult if they are sitting on the adult's lap during the show. NO REFUNDS.

9/1/17

10/6/17 SOLD OUT

11/3/17

12/1/17

12/15/17


Field Trips

Field Trip Season will run from August 22nd, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Showtimes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00a.m.

Please contact us at (530) 225-0243 or mcoates@shastacoe.org to check availability and to schedule trips.

Our gift shop offers various fun science toys, t-shirts, and the always popular astronaut ice cream (freeze dried), so students may want to bring cash.

The shows run approximately 90 minutes

We have space available for 64 star-gazers

Pricing is $7.00 per person, including chaperones.

Payment is due the date of the show. A check or a purchase order to invoice your school are acceptable methods of payment. We do not accept cash for ticket sales.

We ask that you have a minimum of 20 to avoid a minimum $140 charge. If you have a small group, we will do our best to place you with another group.

If circumstances change and you need to cancel a field trip reservation, please notify us of the cancellation within 10 business days or as soon as possible.

Schreder Planetarium reserves the right to change or cancel programs without notice.

Shows have been preselected for elementary & middle school field trips to align with newly developed curricula and Next Generation Science Standards to best benefit students. Mixed grade level groups have their choice of show, but we highly recommend that you choose a show with curriculum matching the youngest students in your group to enhance your students' learning experience!

1st Grade "One World, One Sky";

2nd Grade "SETI";

3rd Grade "Cosmic Safari";

4th Grade "Two Small Pieces of Glass";

5th Grade "Secrets of the Sun";

Middle School "Black Holes"

Show Catalog

To see our Show Catalog, please click HERE.

Director of Science Programs on The Forum

Friends of the Planetarium

You don’t need a PhD in Astronomy to be a Friend of the Planetarium; just roll up your sleeves and bring your own unique talents and enthusiasm! If you would like to be a part of this exciting work and join the Friends of the Planetarium, please call (530) 225-0243 or email mcoates@shastacoe.org.


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