Bassett Planetarium

For more than fifty 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.

Planetarium Maintenance

Bassett Planetarium closes in mid-July through the end of August due to the impact of summer heat and the need for annual maintenance. The facility is not climate controlled. The lack of air conditioning during the summer negatively impacts the function of the vintage 1959 equipment. We look forward to reopening in September.

Amherst's Wilder Observatory, located on Snell Street, is free and open on Saturdays beginning 9 p.m. during the summer months. Depending on what is in the sky at the time, visitors may see the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope.

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