Space Awaits – El Paso’s Gene Roddenberry Planetarium Hosting Free Public Shows Over the Summer
Good news stargazers and lovers of space exploration; space awaits families interested in learning about our solar system at the new Gene Roddenberry Planetarium.
While The Roddenberry is primarily used for educating El Paso’s students about the wonders of the cosmos, it also offers opportunities for the general public to visit the facility.
This summer is one of those times as the planetarium will be rolling out more free summer public shows in July.
July 2023 Planetarium Shows
Mon - Thurs, July 10-13
Mon - Thurs, July 17-20
Mon - Thurs, July 24-27
Perfect Little Planet (Mondays), Two Small Pieces of Glass (Tuesdays), The Stars of the Pharaohs (Wednesdays), Earth, Moon & Stars (Thursdays).
What to Know If You Want to Go
Public Shows are free, but a ticket is needed to attend and they are mostly available online. Only 10 tickets will be made available at the ticket booth for day of show walk-ups, and those will be doled out on a first come-first served basis.
Why Do I Have to Fill Out a Survey to Attend?
Among the instructions you'll receive when requesting tickets online is a request to fill out an anonymous survey that includes questions such as what gender you identify as, ethnicity, and household income.
According to the site, the information is needed because the Roddenberry is funded with grant money that requires it to report on the survey questions in order to comply.
Reserve Your Seats
Tickets will be available for online reservation starting a week before the day of the show on Eventbrite.com.
How to Get to the New Roddenberry
The new home of the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium is at 5411 Wren Ave in Northeast El Paso at the former Crosby Elementary site.