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Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City

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3.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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  • We were glad we used our connect pass and therefore paid no fee as only a VERY few displays were visible and poor at that. We were told that the new exhibits would be operational in a couple of weeks ...  read more »
  • Dome star show was a little boring but very informative and I really enjoyed the 3D show of the National Parks. The staff are really nice. Planetarium is going through some renovations at the moment a...  read more »
  • The exhibits downstairs are free. There are a variety of cosmos type movies to watch in the Hansen Dome and there is also an IMAX theater. It's a fun experience and a great option to take a load of yo...  read more »
  • I grew up going on field trips to the Hanson Planetarium so I was super excited to take my sons (3.5 and 1.5) to the Clark Planetarium. I understand it's under construction so I'm considerate of that when I thought to complain; and I'm hopeful for when it is complete. But I felt disappointed on two levels and want to share my feelings with gratitude for the availability of a space that can educate the community: - I enjoy taking my kids to museums and play centers to avoid sticking them in front of a screen to learn. Aside from the pendulum (not working), the multi-level ball track system (has four levers for interaction with exhibit) and the steamy smokey thing on the first floor that has no explanation, there isn't a single thing to DO. I remember hands on and interactive activities that kept us busy and interested as kids, every thing to see at the Clark Planetarium is a screen. My kids - and all kids in today's generation - get PLENTY of screen time. I'd like to see something the kids can touch and experience that doesn't involve a screen. I love technology, don't get me wrong, but I think we're missing a crucial part of learning when relying solely upon it. - The concessions... C'mon!!! I was going to the 12:30 film and, my fault, I didn't prepare for lunch because we decided to visit the planetarium on a whim. I thought I'd be able to snag something in the gift shop (only edible was caramels) and then I passed the concessions... You're missing out a huge demographic. I know I'm not the only "crunchy hippie" who feeds my kids whole foods and avoids sugar. I would have loved to see an applesauce, some crackers, a basket of fruit for crying out loud! Icees, popcorn, nachos with chemically produced "cheese," and a smorgasbord of every chocolate covered candy you can think of. These were the only options. There's a misleading "Fruitful" popsicle cooler filled with frozen lemonade. That's it. I know it's a "theatre" but it's 2016 and SCIENCE (isn't that kind of your thing?) says processed sugars and trans fats are making us sick and fat. I just wanted to get my kids a snack to tide us over for the 35 minute film and we had to leave instead. I'm super honest here, I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but as a business owner I know your best customers are the ones who tell it like it is. I left the planetarium thankful that I got in free with an ASTC membership because otherwise I would have been wishing I didn't pay to see some TV's, unfinished construction and CandyLand.
  • It's okay... I just miss the Hanson planetarium. It was FAR superior to this one in my opinion. It just seems like the Hanson planetarium was more education oriented yet still VERY fun, it was a true success in making learning fun. This new Clark planetarium seems more about special effects & spending lots of money.
  • Very nice imax theater and interactive. My wife and I enjoyed it for date time. The matinee price is reasonable and the staff were nice.
  • A Awesome Place to Visit and Work. I work here Part-time. People are really Nice to work with .I love it here! It has nice pleasant place to Learn about the Earth and Astronomy.
  • The laser shows here are awesome if you like classic rock. It's one of the best planetarium experiences i've ever had.
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