Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City: Hours, Address, Clark Planetarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Clark Planetarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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For more than 50 years, Clark Planetarium, formerly known as Hansen Planetarium, has been Salt Lake’s go-to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and science. We engage audiences inside our walls and across the State of Utah in the creative process that is science through educational outreach, hands-on exhibits, on-site programming and our IMAX and dome theatres.
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NicoleHT
San Jose, CA328 contributions
Nov 2020
We went end of October/early November in 2020 (COVID rates were down at that point). They require masks inside, limited attendance and there was a lot of social distancing and cleaning. They also laid out a path so you get to see everything but provides more safety via one way traffic.

We enjoyed the interactive aspect of everything although it was a little much for my 4.5 year old son. I think mom and dad enjoyed it more than he did, haha! Great little gift shop at the end too.
Written February 16, 2021
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Robyn P
Bucharest, Romania344 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The Clark Planetarium is a wonderful place to keep kids and adults of all ages entertained. I really like the business model because the exhibits are free of charge, and there are several Imax Movies for even more fun- and the entire experience is very affordable. The Clark Planetarium opened in April 2003. There are two movie theatres available. We watched two movies at the Imax Theatre, and both were excellent. The 2nd theatre is the Hansen Dome Theatre, which features individual seat button controls
interactive seat button controls in a 55 foot aluminum dome. The Clark Planetarium features 10,000 square feet of free exhibits . One of the highlights is "Newton's Daydream", an ambitious audio-kinetic sculpture that is interactive. I loved the video feed from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA TV. It's so unusual to find a place for family entertainment that doesn't take every opportunity to charhe exhorbiant fees for everything, and this Planetarium is an exception. Parking was free in an adjacant lot. The exhibits are free. The movie prices are very reasonable, as well as the concession stand. Even the huge gift store has reasonable prices. I highly recommend while visiting Salt Lake City! Please see my photos for even more information.

Written April 3, 2022
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Willowbroom Sam
Houston, TX1,207 contributions
Jul 2021
Very nicely maintained place. I did nkt visit the IMAX and the globe theaters. Rest of the exhibits were good.
Went by myself and so could read every single bit of every single display. Took me 2.5 hours.

Book tickets online - free for the exhibits, $7 for each show. There is a refreshments stall inside. Prices are very reasonable. Parking is just a dollar and if you get it validated by any person- reception or the store, I guess you get 50% off.
Just $3 or something for a lot of hours.

Enjoy this. Especially if the outside is hot.
Written July 23, 2021
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SuperDuper Coach
Mitcham, Australia154 contributions
Apr 2022
A relatively small planetarium with mainly interactive-type exhibits. Also the usual domed ceiling theatre and an iMax.
We saw two shows in the dome theatre “How earth began” and “Worlds beyond earth”. Both ok, fairly entry-level. Both included an update on what’s in the night sky right now. In between these we looked at a number of exhibits and afterwards looked in the gift shop.
Was worthwhile, good entertainment on a cold afternoon, but nothing special about this particular planetarium.
Written April 13, 2022
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Martin W
Idaho Falls, ID186 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We spent the best part of the afternoon in the Planetarium with our 17 year old Grandson. It was an ideal opportunity to discuss his post high school plans for college. He actually spent a significant amount of time telling me and his Grandmother about the exhibits. The IMAX show titled “Secrets of the Universe” provided him the opportunity to ask us about science related professions. It is a day the we will cherish and remember for ever. It is so rare today to spend quality one-on-one time with your Grandchildren. I highly recommend an afternoon in the Planetarium for any child that is actively considering a career in science.
Written February 8, 2020
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Jekela
Salt Lake City, UT917 contributions
Jan 2020
Great place . . . especially for free! Tons of interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages! The dome theater is super fun for a movie (movies in both theaters do cost). Amazing gift shop/store with tons of toys, science and STEM activities for purchase.
Written February 19, 2020
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david m
Chubbuck, ID442 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
This Salt Lake City attraction is awesome. My family went to it because it was just down the road from our hotel and it was free. When we got there we expected it being free yo be very cheap. Yet, when we got inside it surprised us how awesome it was. There many exhibits that taught people of all ages about space, planets, stars, and many other things. Now the only thing you’d have to pay additionally are the movies. Yet, even if you don’t want to watch the movies it is worth just coming to view the exhibits.
Written June 8, 2021
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txhawk36
Henderson, TX146 contributions
Nov 2020
I probably haven't been to a planetarium in 40 years, and was kind of surprised my son suggested we go (he's 24). They are taking all the necessary precautions for COVID. We were disappointed a few exhibits were closed for this reason. However, the way they have the exhibits, is a definite draw for kids today. They have so many interactive, game type exhibits. We had a lot of fun creating a black hole and other elements of the solar system. The only dome movie playing in our time was a cartoon, but it was pretty good, despite our ages, we both learned quite a bit in the Planetarium and the movie.
Written November 20, 2020
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neitzjl
Tampa, FL440 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Great visit, Probably the best exhibits for kids that I’ve seen in any museum or planetarium. Interesting for adults as well. We will definitely be back next time we are in Salt Lake City. Next time we will check out one of the imax movies as well.
Written January 8, 2020
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Californiaview
California242 contributions
Jul 2021
Adults and children can find a lot of interesting stuff here. Two levels of exhibits and a multitude of interactive features. Especially fun for the kids
Parking is convenient
Walking distance from Temple Square area
It's part of the Gateway Mall which seems to continue its slow slide into oblivion however don't let that keep you away
Very well thought out exhibits and information
Written July 20, 2021
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