W. A. Gayla Planetarium
Operated by Troy University for The City of Montgomery
The Planetarium was built in 1968 and opened in 1969. It is situated across from Jackson Hospita in beautiful Oak Park (1010 Forest Avenue, Montgomery AL 36106). The Planetarium has recently undergone its first major renovation which included adding twenty-two projectors, including video projection, a new sound system, and the introduction of Laser Light Shows.
The W.A. Gayle Planetarium features over 200 theater style seats and is one of the largest Planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans. During the past five years, close to 100,000 K-12 students have attended a variety of daily educational shows offered at the Planetarium. See displays from NASA, and visit the Planetarium Gift Shop. It's…Out of this World!
The Planetarium's Public shows are offered according to the schedule below. Reservations are not required for these presentations.
- 3:00 on Monday
- 3:00 on Tuesday
- 3:00 on Wednesday
- 3:00 on Thursday
- 2:00 on Sunday
Doors open fifteen minutes before show time. Each presentation start promptly and unfortunately, no admission is allowed after the show has started.
Admission is just $5! Children under five are admitted free and young at heart over
sixty-five are $4
School Field Trips or Group Reservations
Educational programs are scheduled for schools and groups according to the schedule below
- 9:30 • 10:30 • 11:30 • 1:00 • 2:00 - Monday:
- 9:30 • 10:30 • 11:30 • 1:00 • 2:00 - Tuesday:
- 9:30 • 10:30 • 11:30 • 1:00 • 2:00 - Wednesday:
- 9:30 • 10:30 • 11:30 • 1:00 • 2:00 - Thursday:
- 9:30 • 10:30 • 11:30 - Friday:
Each presentation lasts one hour and includes an Educational Astronomy Presentation and the Discovery Store gift shop. Reservations are required for these presentations.
Cancellation Policy: Advance cancellation notice is required. If you fail to cancel your appointment a deposit will be required for all future scheduled appointments by your school. The deposit will be non-refundable, but will be deducted from the total bill when your group checks in.
To make your reservation, simply call (334) 241-4799. A confirmation card will be mailed to you. We also offer the opportunity to pre-shop in our Discovery Store gift shop by using an order form.
Hours of Operation
With the exception of most Holidays, the Planetarium Office is open …
- 7:30 - 4:30 Monday
- 7:30 - 4:30 Tuesday
- 7:30 - 4:30 Wednesday
- 7:30 - 4:30 Thursday
- 7:30 - 12:00 Friday
The planetarium staff is flexible in meeting your needs. Special events, such as birthday parties, meetings, conferences can be scheduled and conducted at the planetarium:W.A. Gayle Planetarium
1010 Forest Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36106