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James S. McDonnel Planetarium
The Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium is one of the nation’s leading space education facilities. Since its opening in 1963, the structure stands out as an icon in St. Louis, igniting and sustaining lifelong science and technology learning.
The James S. McDonnell Planetarium is illuminated nightly for all to enjoy. This illumination has helped raise awareness for charities and causes through special illumination requests. The Saint Louis Science Center administers all special color illumination requests within the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium policy and current guidelines.
A special illumination is at the sole discretion of the Saint Louis Science Center and not subject to appeals or negotiation. Specific feedback to any individual organizations regarding the status or merits of its application cannot be provided. All applicants will receive a written response stating whether or not the request has been approved.
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, not all requests can be accommodated. The Saint Louis Science Center wishes to stress that if an application is declined, this is not a reflection of the merits or importance of any requests.