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Travel to outer space without ever leaving the ground! That’s how you will feel after you experience the museum’s 65 seat Hoover-Price Planetarium.    Over 60 projectors show the aurora, meteor shower, an asteroid, panorama of downtown Canton, clouds, snow, phases of the moon and dozens of constellations.

The Planetarium’s primary projector is a Spitz A3P that shows thousands of stars in the correct color and brightness.  This Spitz is unique because the standard 3000 stars shown was increased to 5000 stars through detailed modification.

The operation of the Planetarium is entirely manual.  Controlled by 283 switches, 60 different projectors allow the presenter to constantly interact with the audience.

Installation was completed in 1964, the same year the current museum building was finished.  Since that time tens of thousands of visitors have viewed our solar system and beyond while in the comfort of the Planetarium.

Presentations are offered weekdays by reservation, and public shows are held every Saturday at 1:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM.  During the summer months public shows are held at 1:00 PM Monday-Friday. Planetarium shows are included in your admission price.  Please note that children must be 5 years of age or older to attend a planetarium show.

2014 Planetarium Show
"The Universe at Large"
Throughout this year, the Planetarium will present a program showing the current night sky.  Following will be a constantly evolving and updated overview of recent astronomical phenomena, the status of NASA Missions, and new scientific discoveries.
Presentation are on:

Saturdays at 1:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 pm, 1:00 PM on Holidays and weekdays through the Summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for instructions on how to make a simple bracket to secure binoculars to an observing chair


Considering ‘buying a star’ for a friend or loved one? Why not get the whole Constellation?

Since all stars have names or catalog numbers, and anybody can ‘sell’ any star many times over, we thought we would offer a unique opportunity (we’ve never seen it elsewhere!) to Museum members who make a $40 donation to the general fund. We can modify a star chart to reconfigure a Constellation showing just what you would like; your significant other renamed from Orion to ‘William, the Engineer”, or Andromeda to “Laura, the Therapist”, or “Nana”, and name each star in the Constellation after a grandchild. We will produce an 8” x 10” glossy color chart that you can frame. You’ll see an example here on our website. Call David Richards, the Planetarium Director, at 330-455-7043 and get creative! Cick here for an example.
*Check out these articles in the Akron-Beacon Journal and Canton Repository written by Planetarium Director, Dave Richards.  Once at the site search for Hoover-Price Planetarium.
*For podcasts created by the wilderness center please visit http://www.wildernesscenter.org/podcasts/

*For other planetariums across the country please visit http://www.touristinformationdirectory.com/

*Admission to the Planetarium is included with admission to the Museum.
*No cameras, cell phones or food  permitted in the Planetarium.
*Public presentations are approximately 30- 40 minutes in length.
*School group presentations are 55 minutes long, and incorporate the Ohio State Science Academic Content Standards.