The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater

Indianapolis, Indiana

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System Highlights
  • Digistar 5
  • SP2HDQ Cove Projectors (2560 x 2560)
  • 40 Foot Dome
  • Auto-Align System

In May of 2016, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis opened their new Beyond Spaceship Earth gallery which includes an immersive space object experience called the Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater. This theater features a Digistar 5 SP2 HDQ (2560 x 2560 resolution) with two cove-mounted Barco F-35 projectors. The dome theater is a unique area in which real space vehicles and equipment, as well as a dynamic light-and-sound experience help tell stories of missions, astronauts, and events through the history of space exploration by featuring key artifacts. It opened with the Liberty Bell 7 capsule, flown in Earth orbit by Indiana's own Gus Grissom, on display on a hydraulic platform in the front of the theater, so that it can be raised and lowered during the fulldome presentation.

Founded in 1925, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. With a 472,900 square-foot facility situated on 29 acres, it is the largest children's museum in the world.