Give the Gift of the Universe!

The Next Generation Connection

Innovation. Ideation. Education.

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, the new next generation connection, will inspire learners and leaders to think innovatively and creatively. With the purchase of a Spitz SciDome HD Touch single lens projector, the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium's next generation dome will transform the science education experience, utilizing full-dome immersive visualizations to bring complex and difficult science concepts to life.

Virtual journeys from below the earth's surface to the edge of the known universe will inspire and excite learners of all ages. Customized programs will 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 will allow the next generation Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium to offer cutting-edge, relevant programming for years to come.

The cost of this incredible transformation is only $284,700 – the good news is that we are almost halfway there. Your chance to shape the future is NOW. Join the University of Louisville and the Louisville community as we pledge funding to transform the University of Louisville's Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium into a world-class visualization tool in our world-class city.


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If you wish to donate via check or money order, please contact:
Jim Beckham
Development Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292


Donors at the $35 - $74 level are automatically individual members

Donors at the $75+ level are automatically *family members

(*K-12 Educators donating at the $50+ level are automatically family members - please note on the payment form that you are an educator and fax a copy of your school id to 502.852.0831)

Member Benefits:

  • Free admission to regular shows (includes Laser music shows, Skies Over Louisville, and Telescope Workshops)
  • Quarterly newsletter and program calendar, including advanced notice about new shows and events
  • 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)
  • 10% discount on gift shop purchases
  • Family Membership includes discounts on kids programming (e.g. Cosmic Explorer Workshops, summer camps, etc.)

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