Montgomery’s W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host grand reopening, January 27

This week, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium in Montgomery announced the re-opening of the beloved planetarium and the recent appointment of its new Planetarium Coordinator, William “Lee” Tinker. The organization plans to celebrate with a grand reopening on Saturday, January 27.

W.A. Gayle Planetarium to reopen in Mongtomgery

Opened in 1968, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium is an educational facility that uses lightshows and presentations to explore the mysteries of Earth and the cosmos. Until recently, the Planetarium was operated by Troy University. However, in 2022, the Planetarium was temporarily closed while ownership of the space was transferred to the City of Montgomery.

Now, the beloved Planetarium is ready to reopen.

Celebrate the grand reopening on January 27

  • What: Grand Reopening of W.A. Gayle Planetarium
  • When: Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Where: W.A. Gayle Planetarium, 1010 Forest Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106
  • Tickets: This event is FREE to all

You can celebrate the grand reopening of the W.A. Gayle Planetarium this Saturday! The opening day event schedule kicks off at 10AM with:

  • 10:00 AM – Meet and Greet with the public (opportunity to meet Hallstrom Planetarium Director Jon Bell, writer and producer of the planetarium show “The Planets”), facility tour
  • 11:00 AM – First showing of “The Planets”/presentation and discussion with Jon Bell regarding the creation of “The Planets” planetarium show.
  • Noon – Mini planetarium shows “Journey to Mars” and “Losing the Dark”, Night Sky review on the dome with Lee Tinker and Jon Bell, laser show “American Space Journey”
  • 1:00 PM – “Space Songs” sing-along presentation by Jon Bell, Night Sky Review on the dome with Lee Tinker and Jon Bell
  • 2:00 PM – Second showing of “The Planets”/presentation and discussion with Jon Bell regarding the creation of “The Planets” planetarium show.
  • 3:00 PM – Mini planetarium shows “Journey to Mars” and “Losing the Dark”, Night Sky review on the dome with Lee Tinker and Jon Bell, laser show “American Space Journey

Planning to attend the grand reopening of the W.A. Gayle Planterium? Tag us @thebamabuzz to share your pics from the day!

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.

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