Take Your Seat

Make your mark in our newly-renovated planetarium space by sponsoring a seat in support of astronomy education.

Recent renovations to improve the viewing experience for thousands of annual visitors to the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater include major repair of the interior dome, new flooring, and 170 upgraded seats that make astronomy learning accessible for all – and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Whether you want to honor a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or simply show your support for space science education at the Museum, your gift will help light a spark of curiosity and inspire thousands of annual visitors to explore the wonders of our night sky.

Support Levels

Premier Seat $500 (limited)
Seat $200


Frequently Asked Questions

How will the “Take Your Seat” sponsorship work?
The 170 seats in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater are available for sponsorship on a first come, first served basis. There are a limted number of Premier Seats available for a one-time $500 donation; additional seats are available for a one-time $200 donation. All donor recognition will remain in place for the lifetime of the chair, and contributions are 100% tax deductible.*

Will the seat I sponsor become my seat for shows?
No. Your support for our astronomy programs is a naming opportunity, and does not reserve that seat for shows or events in the planetarium. Every seat in the planetarium, whether named or unnamed, is always available on a first-come, first served basis to any guest at a planetarium show or event.

How will my seat be recognized?
Each sponsored seat has a highly visible brass plaque (7/8" x 2 1/2") embedded on the arm of the chair. The donor plate will be engraved as designated by YOU. Naming can be for individuals, organizations or corporations.  

What will my donor plate say?
The donor plate is a 7/8" x 2 1/2" brass plate that can be inscribed with up to two lines of 26 characters (including spaces). You will be asked to submit your inscription at the time of purchase.

Tell me about the new seating?
These ergonomic seats are ideal for exploring the universe from the comfort of the planetarium, offering an ADA-compliant configuration that makes space science accessible for every visitor.  

*Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent the law permits. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation. Please consult with your own tax advisor for further questions.

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