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William M. Staerkel Planetarium

2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL
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Ranked #15 of 27 Attractions in Champaign
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you want something different to do, maybe learn a little about the planet and the night sky, then definitely check out Staerkel Planetarium. If you're expecting a spectacular, hi-tech light show you're searching in the wrong city. I'm guessing that other reviewers were expecting something different. This is not an omnimax, but it is one of the best planetariums... More

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Urbana, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It's really more for children. Perhaps if I had children with me, it would have been more interesting. But the presenter really appealed to kids, not adults. The show itself was rather underwhelming. It was $5, which was about fair for what you saw.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We visited here with the Boy Scout troop on their spring break trip. The show was wonderful all the scouts had a good time. The person running the show did a great job were very knowledgeable. We will definitely come back.

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Champaign, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I had great expectations about this place, but ended up very disappointed. The quality of the show was acceptable for kindergartners, but not for adults! The digital proyector was not that great. I attended both shows and realized that the lady in charge of the presentation repeated the same speach, including jokes, word by word! I was hopping to learn... More

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Tuscola, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

THe laser projection system was amazing along with the narrative to give you true perspective of the solar system and beyond

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Oak Brook, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

As planetariums go, it is fine. I prefer the Adler in Chicago. When visiting the University of Illinois campus, I am not sure it is worth the hassle of getting there.

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