StarLab, our portable, inflatable planetarium, is back! Turning on the StarLab projector is always met with the same reaction: "Wow!" If you would like to bring this fascinating teaching tool to your school or organization, please contact Education Manager Kaitlin German at or (434) 977-1025 x104.

Rules & Requirements  |  StarLab Rates  |  Sponsored Groups

StarLab Rules & Requirements

  • Space Requirements: Indoor area at least 25 ft. x 25 ft. with minimum ceiling height of 11 ft.
    *Gym, cafeteria, library, auditorium, etc.

  • Setup & Breakdown: 30 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to take down

  • Planetarium Capacity: StarLab holds approximately 25 people at a time

  • Program Length: Most StarLab programs run about one hour per group

  • Supervision Required: All teachers and classroom volunteers will enter StarLab with their classes

  • Availability: Most Tuesdays, select Friday mornings, most Wednesday/Friday afternoons during the school year
    *Programming outside of regular business hours is possible but may incur additional charges

  • Noise: Quiet is essential during presentations; physical education or other noisy activities should not be nearby

StarLab Rates

Pricing is determined by the length of the visit, with a maximum of 6 hours of programming. Setup and breakdown require an additional half-hour each, regardless of the length of programming. Additional charges for travel apply. To inquire about StarLab availability or to book StarLab, contact Education Manager Kaitlin German at or (434) 977-1025 x104.

  • Program Rate: $100 per Hour (Includes Setup & Breakdown)
  • Transportation Rate: $30 per Half Hour of Travel

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Sponsored Groups

The Museum received grant funding to bring StarLab to underserved populations in 2017. If you believe your group may qualify (Bright Stars, Title I School, Head Start, etc.), please contact Education Manager Kaitlin German at or (434) 977-1025 x104 to learn more.

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