The Orange Coast College Planetarium is committed to providing an innovative, immersive, and illuminating experience for Orange County and beyond.
We offer field trip experiences for the local school community from kindergarten through high school which include spectacular star shows, spherical science, and more. In addition, the planetarium can be a starting point for a campus-wide experience that can include the visits to the Dennis Kelly Public Aquarium
, Horticulture Gardens
, The Doyle Art Pavillion
, and other exciting places.
Access to the planetarium theater is limited to scheduled shows, but the lobby and exhibit hall are open to the public during normal hours free of charge.
Planetarium content is directly correlated with the California Next Generation Science Standards, so educators will have supplementary and follow-up activities and lesson plans to integrate their visit seamlessly into their curriculum.
Monday to Thursday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Friday: 6 P.M to 8 P.M.
Saturday, Sunday: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Tickets for public programs are available online at occtickets.com, or during regular hours at the ticket office.
Parking is located in the E Lot off of Merrimack Way
Photography is permitted only in the lobby/exhibit hall of the planetarium. Please refrain from recording/taking photos inside the Dome Theater. Flash photography is especially disruptive in the dark environment, and the pictures never come out good anyway.
Please refrain from using your cell phone during planetarium shows. The light and sound are distracting and disrespectful to those around you.
- Eating, drinking, chewing gum