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Kovac Planetarium

2392 Mud Creek Rd, Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 487-4411
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Rhinelander
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
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- Jul 28, 2014
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Chicago
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a perfectly astonishing labor of love, dreamt and built by one man who as a kid was a wacky star gazer. Each star is painted in luminescent paint by hand; the whole rotates so you can see how the Northern Sky looks at any season of the year and time of night; interspersed is a wonderful talk with... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Frank Kovac, step-by-step and without a blueprint, has built with his own two hands, over a ten year period, the largest mechanical globe planetarium in the world, in the middle of the woods of northern Wisconsin. The globe is tipped at a 45 degree angle, to match the latitude of where it sits. Every star was hand-painted, and every minute... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Meet Frank: a genuine guy, creator extraordinaire, and a person with his initial greeting feels like a long lost brother! Deep in the woods he has built a planetarium like nothing I've experienced before and I've been to my share of planetariums. The hour is over and you just can't believe it, not only have you embraced his excitement but... More

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Tomahawk
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visited several years ago and was amazed at the operation....all built by hand from one man's dream. Great story of the stars. Good for kids as well as adults. Better than planetariums I have seen in large cities.

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Summit Lake, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great view of the stars!! Unique way to see the constellations and planets of the night sky! Very reasonably priced also.

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Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Don't let the exterior fool you. This may be one of the most surprising small attractions you've ever seen, especially if you're a friend of the skies. This man-made planetarium is a most unique experience, without having to travel to a large city and/or spend big $$. A professional sky show/lesson in the middle of the Northland hills and trees.... More

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Kovac Planetarium....a Planetarium built by the owner himself is a one of a kind place. His knowledge and passion is amazing, and we are so glad that it is being passed on! Hearing that he built it himself, one might question it compared to a big city planetarium, but have no worries, it is definitely a Gem in a small... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

I went to the Planetarium with my school from Denmark and it was amazing. I enjoyed his vast knowledge of the working universe.

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Eagle River
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I took our grandchildren to Kovac's Planetarium. We were all amazed by what he was able to accomplish. This is truly a gem. One man's dream turned into an experience that can be enjoyed by all who visit.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Kovac Planetarium. Frank is very knowledgeable. The presentation was great! If someone had led me into the planetarium blindfolded and told me to open my eyes when I was seated I would have believed I was outside under the night sky! We will return with our grandchildren.

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