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Modesto Junior College


Experience Space Like Never Before

The William R. Luebke Planetarium is an instrumental learning environment within the Science Community Center.  Students studying astronomy utilize the planetarium as a learning laboratory traveling from planet to planet within our solar system and beyond.  Such a tool allows one to experience the universe in a way far superior to what images in a textbook can convey.  Other classes, such as Earth Science, Geology, Physics, Life Sciences, and the Humanities also visit the planetarium to bring a context to their learning that goes far beyond the classroom.

The planetarium itself consists of a Zeiss Skymaster ZKP-4 LED/fiber-optic star projector coupled with the Zeiss Velvet Projection System.  Together, these top-of-the-line projection instruments display unparalleled images of the night sky and full-dome planetarium films onto a 40-foot suspended dome ceiling for an audience of up to 100 people.

The Planetarium is available for reservation by groups. Please visit the GVM Tours page for more information and requirements.


Ages 0 - 3 4 - 12 13 - 54


Current YCCD





$4 $6 $5 $5

Tickets available for purchase in the GVM Nature Shop.  Planetarium shows are not recommended for children under 4 years of age.  Show times are on Saturdays at 11am & 1pm. Each show is limited to the first 100.  Please plan accordingly as the doors to the Planetarium do not open once the program has begun.  No food or drink is allowed inside the planetarium.  Please check our Admissions/Nature Shop page for current programs and pricing.

Our Shows

Earth Moon and Sun (ages 5 - 12)
Two Small Pieces of Glass (ages 5 - 12)
Solar Quest (ages 7+)   *Not recommended for School Tours
Back to the Moon (ages 7+)
Ultimate Universe (ages 13+)
Earthquake (all ages)

Currently Showing


  • 10-22-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Earthquake

                              1:00pm - Earth, Moon & Sun

  • 10-29-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Earthquake

                              1:00pm - Earth, Moon & Sun

  • *11-04-16, Fri.  - 7:30pm - Ultimate Universe

   *Science Night      8:30pm - Earthquake

  • 11-05-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Ultimate Universe

                              1:00pm - Earthquake

  • 11-12-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Earth, Moon & Sun

                              1:00pm - Earthquake

  • 11-19-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Ultimate Universe

                              1:00pm - Earthquake

  • 11-26-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Ultimate Universe

                              1:00pm - Earthquake

  • *12-02-16, Fri.  - 7:30pm - Two Small Pieces of Glass

   *Science Night      8:30pm - Ultimate Universe

  • 12-03-16, Sat. - 11:00am - Two Small Pieces of Glass

                              1:00pm - Ultimate Universe

Great Valley Museum

Connect With Us

Great Valley Museum
Science Community Center
MJC West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto, CA 95358
209 575-6196
209 575-6466 fax


Museum Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday 9 to 4
Wednesday 9 to 4
Thursday 9 to 4
Friday 9 to 4
Saturday 9 to 4

Parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday - Friday. Please bring small bills. Parking is free after 5 pm on Fridays and all day on weekends. Please check our planetarium page for planetarium show times.