Scheduling a Visit
We are booking private programs for June and July 2021 at this time. We will not start scheduling fall/spring programs until we know the schedule for classes in mid August. All public shows are also canceled until further notice. Shows require a minimum of 10 guests to book. Our current capacity limit is 32 guests in a show.
If you are a teacher, camp organizer, group leader, director, etc. you can arrange for a private event at Dooley Planetarium. Follow the steps below to be taken to our Reservation Request Form. The University Mask Policy will apply to all members of your group.
STEP 1: Determine how many shows you will need
A visit to the planetarium will not cost your group anything, but you may have to consider transportation and meals. We can handle groups up to 32 in one show. If you have more than 32 (including all attendees - students, teachers, chaperones) you will need to schedule a separate show date for them.
STEP 2: When to Come - Pick your potential dates
Visit the Availability Calendar and look for dates not marked Booked (this is a new system). These are open for programs. If you require an afternoon program you may need to contact us if a date you would like is not available on the calendar. Be careful not to select a date that says Unavailable, Booked, or University Closed. Write these down as the form date picker is not linked to this calendar unfortunately.
If you are planning on eating lunch here on campus you will need to contact additional people to arrange space (especially in the event of poor weather on your visit). If you want to eat in the cafeteria please contact Dining Services at 843-661-1260. They will need at least 2 weeks advance notice so they can plan for the additional meal preparation. Be sure to give them a call once Ms. Owens has sent you confirmation on your show date.
If you have a large group and want to eat outside please contact Mr. Pat Boswell at 843-661-1108. Mr. Boswell will arrange for additional garbage containers and if the weather is poor can help locate an alternative location for your group to eat. He will need at least a 1 week advanced notice of your group's plans so after you receive confirmation from Ms. Owens on your show date, please be sure to give him a call.
STEP 3: What to see? - Pick your show content
Groups may opt to watch a fulldome movie or have us present and evening sky show. If your selected movie is less than 30 minutes in duration, we will fill your show time with an evening sky tour.
STEP 4: Now You Can Submit the Form - CLICK HERE TO BEGIN
Once you have dates, times, and number of shows worked out you are ready to submit a request form. Our online form will allow you to put in your group information and select the date for your show. Once we receive the form it may take 1-2 business days before you receive a confirmation. During this time Ms. Owens will be checking with the operators to ensure someone is available for the dates and times you request.