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All Members Receive:

  • Free admission to regular public shows
  • Monthly newsletter and program calendar
  • Discount on tickets to select special events and workshops
  • Invitations to special private previews of new shows and member celebrations
  • Annual Celestial Calendar (sent out at end of calendar year)

Note: Members at the Mercury level and above receive discounts on kids programming such as  Cosmic Explorer workshops and summer camps.

 

    Annual Membership Levels and Additional Benefits:

    $35 - $74: Pluto
    Individual Membership
    Note: $20 for UofL affiliates

    $75 - $199: Mercury
    Family Membership
    Note: $40 for UofL affiliates/$50 for K-12 educators (Educators: please note on the payment form you are an educator. Scan ID and email to planet"at"louisville.edu or fax to 502.852/0831.)

    $200 - $499: Mars
    2 Family Memberships
    Invitation to annual “Breakfast with the Director”

    $500 - $999: Venus
    2 Family Memberships
    Invitation to annual “Breakfast with the Director”
    Invitation to “VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour”

    $1,000 - $1,499: Neptune
    3 Family Memberships
    Invitation to annual “Breakfast with the Director”
    Invitation to “VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour”
    One complimentary 1-hour rental with planetarium show

    $1,500 - $2,499: Saturn
    3 Family Memberships
    Invitation to annual “Breakfast with the Director”
    Invitation to “VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour”
    One complimentary 2-hour rental with planetarium show

    $2,500 - $4,999: Jupiter
    4 Family Memberships
    Invitation to annual “Breakfast with the Director”
    Invitation to “VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour”
    One complimentary 3-hour rental with planetarium show

    $5,000+: Red Giant
    5 Family Memberships
    Invitation to annual “Breakfast with the Director”
    Invitation to “VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour”
    One complimentary 4-hour rental with planetarium show

    Your donation supports planetarium programming such as:

    • Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium visits to schools ($500/visit for non-profits)
    • Field Experiences at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium ($7/child)
    • Summer camp scholarships ($200/child)
    • Licensing fees for new shows ($15,000 - $25,000)
    • Production academy for budding high-school aged producers ($20,000)

    Thank you for your support!

    Note: only a portion of donations are tax deductible per IRS regulations which base the tax deductible contribution on the amount donated less the value of the benefits received. If you choose to waive benefits beyond one family membership then 100% of your donation will be tax deductible. If you are donating at a level with benefits that include more than one membership, you will be contacted to make arrangements for receipt of additional memberships.

    For details on memberships or to sign up over the phone, call: 502-852-6665.

    Become a Member and/or Donate NOW!

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    Development contact:
    Jim Beckham
    Development Office
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292
    502-852-0566
    jim.beckham"at"louisville.edu

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    Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, the new next generation connection, inspires learners and leaders to think innovatively and creatively. The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium's next generation dome transforms the science education experience with full-dome, immersive visualizations that bring complex and difficult science concepts to life.

    Virtual journeys from below the earth's surface to the edge of the known universe inspire and excite learners of all ages. Customized programs address the 2013 Next Generation Science Standards with information that can be easily absorbed and understood by next generation learners. Immediate access to live, streaming satellite data allows the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium to offer cutting-edge, relevant programming for years to come.

    Your support is essential to ensure the University of Louisville's Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium remains a world-class visualization tool in our world-class city.