ExploraDome theater at a community event

Traveling Planetarium

We bring the universe to you

Get the ExploraDome experience in your community by booking our traveling geodome theater at your school or venue of choice.

Booking a visit

Our live and interactive programs can be brought to your school or location of choice in our traveling ExploraDome. Schedule multiple grades (Pre-K–12) and a variety of programs on the same day.

Standard Rate: $200/hour

Length: 6–10 shows per day; shows can vary in length to accommodate your schedule.
Group size: 32 people/show maximum
The ExploraDome is wheelchair accessible.
Note that you are not charged for travel or setup/take-down time.

  1. Ensure your facility can meet the visit requirements listed below.
  2. Review our program descriptions on the next tab or request a custom lesson.
  3. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. Contact us for ExploraDome availability.
  4. Email bellgroups@umn.edu or call (612) 624-4957 with the following information:
    School/organization name
    Choice of dates
    Contact information
  5. Once final program details are finalized, we’ll send you a visit agreement for signature.

Visit requirements

We cannot set up if the facility does not meet the following minimum requirements per the State Fire Marshal.

  • There must be 14 feet or higher ceiling clearance so sprinkler heads, smoke detectors and light fixtures will not be compromised.
  • Minimum room dimensions must be 31’x31’ to allow for a safe emergency egress of three feet around the entire planetarium.
  • Two grounded 120-volt standard electrical outlets on separate circuits are required to power the dome. We may need to run extension cords across the floor.
  • The ExploraDome can only be set up indoors
  • Equipment arrives in heavy, wheeled cases. A ramp, large elevator or level entry is required—no stairs.
  • Three adults are required to help unload and load the equipment.
  • Staff will need a five-minute break between each session to reset the theater.

Total setup time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total take-down time: 45 minutes


Scholarships to cover full and partial ExploraDome expenses are available for 2018-2019 school year on a first-come, first-served basis. Inquire for details. Scholarship support is generously provided by: Ruth & John Huss, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and Xcel Energy Foundation.

Winter travel policy

We may postpone a visit due to extreme weather conditions. These decisions are made based on the National Weather Service’s alert system and local school closings. We will use the contact number you provide to notify you in the event of a postponement, and will reschedule the visit at no cost.