Fifty years ago, in 1967, the planetarium at Olivet Nazarene College opened its doors to the community. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of area students and adults have passed through its doors to experience the wonders of the universe! As a small thank-you to the community for decades of support, our public shows on the weekend of October 21st will be free to all. Come and help us celebrate the half-century mark, and join us in looking forward to another fifty years of discovery!


After a one-month hiatus following the excitement of the solar eclipse, the planetarium will reopen for public shows this October with screenings of ATTACK OF THE SPACE PIRATES on Saturday, October 7th and 21st, at 6 and 7:30 PM. Join this immersive adventure that puts the audience in the action as you race against time to solve a cosmic riddle and outrun space pirates! Along the way, you'll learn about black holes, rogue planets, exploding stars, and more. This educational adventure is suitable for all ages and is followed by a live introduction to the Kankakee skies and an additional ride on a thrilling space coaster. Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door.

About Strickler Planetarium:

Strickler Planetarium, located on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, is a state-of-the-art digital planetarium dedicated to educating the public about the natural world. The planetarium, constructed in 1967, has recently undergone extensive renovations, the centerpiece of which was the installation of a new Evans and Sutherland Digistar 3 SP2 HD digital projector. This projector has all the capabilities of the previous opto-mechanical star projector as well as exciting new multimedia and full-dome video capabilities. Audiences are immersed as never before in a three-dimensional visualization of the night sky, the solar system, the galaxy, and beyond. The Digistar’s stellar database means that simulated travel through space is more than simple special effects — it’s an actual journey through an accurate model of our stellar neighborhood.

Strickler Planetarium is one of only three planetaria in Illinois with digital projection capabilities. Witness the history of the universe from its fiery birth to the formation of our solar system. Explore colliding galaxies and the dusty reaches of our own Milky Way. Take a tour from our own night sky to the edge of the solar system. Our science educators and our multimedia tools make this all possible from the comfort of your seats. Come and see the new Strickler Planetarium.