Plan a Visit to Bassett Planetarium
The Bassett Planetarium located in Morgan Hall offers free programming for visiting community educational groups (10 or more) of all ages, September - June. Visiting is by appointment only. The planetarium is closed July - August.
Community Educational groups are required to schedule a group visit in advance.
Hours and Access
- Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- With advance notice (ideally 2 weeks), it is possible to schedule a visit outside of regular hours; contact Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director, for more information.
The planetarium maintains a 60-person maximum capacity and is neither wheelchair accessible, nor are there adequate restrooms for groups.
GPS-friendly address: 165 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA, 01002
Bassett Planetarium on the second floor of Morgan Hall is located on the Amherst College campus. The main entrance to Amherst College is just east of the intersection of Routes 9 and 116 South, adjacent to the Amherst College PVTA (Public Transportation) bus loop.
A map showing the Bassett Planetarium, PVTA bus stop and walking route can be accessed here: *Campus Map
Parking and Passenger Drop-off
On weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., campus parking is restricted to permit holders. During these hours, visitors are asked to park in the Town of Amherst’s metered parking spaces (see Amherst town parking map). There is no public parking adjacent to Morgan Hall.
On weekends, all visitors may park in any spot on campus, including along the main quadrangle.
Accessible parking spaces are available to visitors at all times. One is located between Morgan and College Halls and others are located across the green on Quadrangle Drive, Boltwood Ave., and in the parking lot adjacent to Converse Hall. Visitors with limited mobility may be dropped off off directly in front of Morgan hall.
A map showing on campus parking locations: *Campus Map
School buses should enter the College campus on Quadrangle Drive off South Pleasant St. and take the first left at Converse Hall. Students can get off there and take the walkway across the green and the crosswalk to Morgan Hall and the Bassett Planetarium.
Bus parking for group visits is in the College’s Hills Lot. We ask that groups be dropped in front of Converse Hall near the PVTA bus stop and then park in the Hills Lot. The lot is large and buses can turn around and exit easily. Park in the marked spaces by the facilities building at the far side of Hills Lot.
Visitors must be part of a Community Educational or Campus Group of 10 or more people. (There are no drop in hours.)
Note that the Morgan Hall contains three separate departments: Bassett Planetarium, and the American Studies and Anthropology Departments. The Planetarium is located on the second floor. Hallways and stairways must be kept quiet because of the classrooms they serve. Children must be carefully supervised at all times.
The Planetarium was designed for college groups, but children and their caregivers are welcome and frequently part of visiting groups. The operation of the facility is dependent upon a very dark and silent space. Some children and adults may be uneasy in the dark.
Personal items may be stored under individual seats in the Planetarium.
Food and Drink
Visiting groups may bring food or beverages with prior approval of the Planetarium Director. There are no water fountains in Morgan Hall. (Water bottles are aways permitted)
Phones, Photography and Filming
Still photography and filming for personal use is permitted before and after planetarium programs. During programs all electronic devises must be silenced and all lit screens dimmed.
Questions? Contact Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director.