Norris Corson Family Planetarium
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Norris Corson Family Planetarium

THE PLANETARIUM IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSED AT THIS TIME.

1967

Present day, prior to the start of the current renovation.

ABOUT the GROUT MUSEUM'S PLANETARIUM

1 of only 3 Public Planetariums in the State of Iowa

The Planetarium has been part of the Grout Museum of History & Science since it opened in 1956

The old projector was installed in 1976 and is no longer operational

The Museum holds over 500 shows per year serving over 4,500 visitors

2021 RENOVATION

After nearly 50 years in service, the planetarium at the Grout Museum District is getting a much-needed facelift! This work is made possible through the generosity of donors Barbara Corson, RJ McElroy Trust, The Leighty Fund, Carver Foundation, Black Hawk County Gaming Association and Catherine Ann Livingston Fund. The project is a nearly-complete renovation of the planetarium; only the original dome will remain (with a fresh coat of paint of course). New elements will include comfortable seating, star projector, upgraded lighting, electrical, sound system and carpet. Most of the work will be completed by Bowen Technologies of Indianapolis. The newly renovated Norris Corson Family Planetarium is projected to open late 2021.

First part of the renovation process, which involved removing the existing bench seating.

Freshly painted dome and new carpet installed.