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Treat Your Students to a Day Among the Stars

At the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, students don’t just learn about science – they experience it. Fun and informative programs give students of all ages a one-of-a-kind glimpse into our universe, in a format that’s truly engaging.

A wide selection of programs are available for all ages and learning levels. And, programs meet Sunshine State Standards!

For a list of current programs, click here.


2010-2011 Educational Group Rates

Base Price* - $4 per person

Add a Pre-K, Physical Science, History or Natural Science Program - + $3 per person, per program

Add a Planetarium Program - + $5 per person, per program

Example: Base Price ($4) + History Program ($3) + Planetarium Program ($5) = $12 per person

* Base price is required for all school visits; includes access to museum exhibits.

How to Make a Program Reservation

School programs are offered Monday through Friday at 9, 10, 11, and noon. MOSH programs are approximately 45 minutes long. You may make a reservation by calling our Reservationist at 904.396.MOSH (6674), ext. 226, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A confirmation packet will be emailed to you one to two months prior to your visit. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please call the reservationist at the number above. Please make the reservationist aware of any special needs you may have at the time you are making the reservation. Also, please have your selected program(s), program dates and times, grade level, and number of students and chaperones ready before you call.

Want more information about the programs we offer? Visit Guides containing in-depth program descriptions, National Science Standards, and suggested activities for programs can be found by clicking the Visit Guides button on the left.

*One adult (teacher or parent) is admitted at no charge for every ten (10) students attending MOSH school programs. Adults above the allotted number will pay the same price as students. If seating is not available for all chaperones during scheduled programs, those individuals may be asked to tour museum exhibits while their group is attending the program. Chaperones are asked not to bring siblings or tagalongs.

Note: A limited number of 4th grade students from the Duval County school system are prepaid by the Duval County School Board. The museum Reservationist can inform scheduling teachers of DCSB contract space availability.

MOSH offers free planetarium programming and museum admission to a limited number of Duval County Title 1 schools through the Meteor Mondays program. Call the Reservationist at 904.396.MOSH (6674), ext. 226 for more information.

Complimentary admission for museum members does not apply to educational programs; coupons and/or special promotions are not valid during education program visits.

Guidelines for Planetarium Visits

To ensure you receive the maximum educational benefit from your visit to the Bryan Gooding Planetarium, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Leave all books, papers, and pencils in your classroom unless you are requested to bring them.
  2. Please enter the Museum quietly in a straight line.
  3. No eating or drinking in the Alexander Brest Space Theater.
  4. Visit the restroom before you enter the Planetarium, as no one may reenter the Planetarium once the program has started.
  5. Take your seats quickly and quietly. There may be more than one class or school in the Planetarium for a given program, and other seats may be needed for the group in line behind you. Once in your seat, remain seated until the presentation is complete.
  6. Remain quiet while the Planetarium Instructor is speaking so that everyone may listen to the information in the program.
  7. DO NOT touch the any of the Planetarium instruments. Keep your hands to yourself.
  8. The classroom teacher retains ultimate responsibility for the class’ behavior. Museum behavior is the same as school behavior.

Introduction to the Planetarium

Astronomy deals with concepts and relationships which can best be illustrated and comprehended by studying a sky free of light pollution. This kind of environment is created inside the Alexander Brest Space Theater. The instrument that creates the images (stars, moons, planets) projected on the 60-foot dome is called a Planetarium.

The domed ceiling in the theater aids the instructor in relating concepts virtually impossible in the flat-sided classroom. Therefore, the Planetarium will help students to understand the why and how of the celestial events by doing observational study. The Planetarium is an astronomy laboratory; it is essential that the student prepare for the visit. The teacher can take full advantage of the visits by conducting some follow-up activities, designed to help the students obtain the maximum benefit from the Planetarium visit.

For questions about scheduling a visit, contact the Reservationist at 904.396.MOSH (6674), ext. 236 or For specific questions about astronomy or planetarium capabilities, contact the Planetarium Program Director at 904.396.MOSH(6674), ext. 243.