Monday, March 11, 2013

Montana's Taylor Planetarium

This is a special event both in real life and in fiction. A cameo feature in my novel, A Healing Heart, I wanted to share some of the wonderful family spots to visit that are awesome Montana attractions. A Healing Heart is set in Bozeman, MT, the home of the Museum of the Rockies (next post) and its attached Taylor Planetarium.

Where is Taylor Planetarium? 
Right next to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT.
Here's a map and driving directions

What are the hours? Usually 9am-5pm M-Sat, 12:30pm -5pm on Sunday, but during the summer the hours are extended 8am-8pm. Here's more information on hours and holidays.

Are there any special  events surrounding the solar flares this year?
There sure are. Here's the full page of show information.
But this one from the planetarium's description is perfect: Experience the Aurora
Showtimes: M-F – 11am, 1pm & 3pm; Sat – 10am, 1pm & 4pm; Sun – 1pm & 4pm
To showcase the amazing capability of Digistar 5, we’ve selected Experience the Aurora for our premiere show. Seven months of winter sky watching, hundreds of thousands of photographs and hundreds of hours under the spell of the Aurora have been condensed into the world’s first full dome three-hundred-sixty degree, high resolution movie of the Northern Lights. Get ready to experience the Aurora as you’ve never seen it before—in the comfort of the Taylor Planetarium! For a preview, check out the trailer at

How much does it cost? It's a free bonus with admission purchased to the Museum of the Rockies!
  • Adults $13
  • Kids (5-17) $9
  • MSU Students (with valid MSU ID) $9
  • Children (4 and under) Free
  • Senior Citizens $12
With your admission, you'll receive a non-transferable Museum admission sticker that gives you unlimited access to the Museum for two consecutive days. All exhibits and attractions are included in the price of admission.
Cadence Keegan is the oldest teen in A Healing Heart. She has a special reason to be excited about the grand opening of the Taylor Planetarium. But you'll have to read nearly to the end to find out why.
Available by clicking the book cover or at your favorite local bookstore

I love planetariums and the laser shows and the stars and, well, everything about them!
Have you been to one?

I hope you'll visit Montana and make time for a leisurely stop at the Taylor Planetarium.

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