Be Part of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium's 50th Anniversary
Special display will feature visitor memories and memorabilia
ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis Science Center is collecting photos, videos and stories of visitor experiences at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for a special display to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Planetarium. More than 18.5 million visitors have walked through the doors of the Planetarium since it first opened in 1963. It is one of the nation’s leading education facilities on astronomy, aviation and space exploration.
“Tell us your story. Share your pictures,” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “People have been married in the Planetarium, celebrated birthdays and bar mitzvahs. Those are milestones in life. We want you to share those memories, but we also want to hear about your first laser show or when your child first looked into the Gemini 6 Space Capsule and said ‘I want to be an astronaut.’ Those are the stories that connect us to one another and from one generation to the next generation.”
If you do not have a digital copy of your photo, bring it to the Science Center and staff will scan it. You can also bring in any Planetarium memorabilia and tell your story by visiting the Memory Station in the Planetarium Lobby on the following dates and times:
- Monday, February 18 (Presidents’ Day) Noon to 3 PM
- Friday, March 1, 6 PM-9 PM