Bassett Planetarium

ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and our efforts to keep our community as safe as possible, all Amherst College buildings are closed to visitors until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able.

Some excellent K-12 resources while the Planetarium is closed.

Out of this World by World Book 

This unique series is a collaboration between World Book and NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. Scientists tell how they grew from students to inventors and now tackle some of NASA’s biggest challenges. Useful for STEM/STEAM instruction and independent reading.

Educational Resources from WGBH PBS Learning

WGBH in collaboration with NASA presents digital media resources you can use to teach topics in K–12 Earth and Space Science. These free resources are organized into four grade bands. Each resource emphasizes engaging students in phenomena related to core ideas and science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards.

For nearly sixty years, Bassett Planetarium, located in Morgan Hall, has provided programs about the night sky to Amherst and Five College classes, and to regional community organizations and school groups.

Bassett Planetarium is open September-June, free of charge, to educational groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Please note that the building is not wheelchair accessible, nor are there adequate restrooms for groups.  We do not provide programming for private groups.

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