Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend

Water Festival program with kids in dome

Experience. Learn. Share.

For years, it’s been the place where thousands of young people and adults come to learn about the universe and worlds beyond our reach.

The Erie Planetarium served as a resource for the Erie community for more than fifty years, and it continues today as the Yahn Planetarium, now a part of Penn State Behrend. The planetarium is located in the School of Science complex on the Behrend campus.



December 22, 2016 - The last day for our Christmas programs, "Mystery of the Christmas Star" and "Star For Santa's Tree" will be Thursday, December 22. They also will play one last time on Saturday, January 5. 

January 7, 2017 - New public shows begin.

  • 1:00 p.m. - "Ring World 2" - Follow the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn as it prepares for the grand finale. Recommended for ages 8 to adult.
  • Children's show Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. - Recommended for young children and families.

February 2, 2017 - Open House Night in Astronomy - Mr. Jim Gavio, director of the Yahn Planetarium, will give an update on the many current and upcoming NASA missions. From current robotic missions to the U.S. getting back in the business of launching its own astronauts, there is more going on with NASA than we think.

February 10, 11 & 12, 2017 - "Dinner Under the Stars" - Enjoy dinner for two during this special dinner and live program just for Valentine's Day. Please contact the Erie Historical Society of Erie County for reservations at 814-454-1813.