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Clark Planetarium to Temporarily Close for Construction Project


Temporary closure begins the home stretch of yearlong renovation project

Clark Planetarium is in the midst of a major, scientific “face lift” that will provide the public with access to expanded, modernized, and interactive exhibits. As a part of this, the Planetarium will undergo major interior construction in September. For two weeks, from September 6th to September 16th, Clark Planetarium will temporarily close to the public while structural and electrical components for the new exhibits are installed.

The two-week closure begins the home stretch of the year-long exhibits renovation project, set to unveil to the public during the Planetarium’s “Ready Set Re-Launch” party on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. Once completed, the new exhibits program will feature dozens of new astronomy and space science exhibits on all three levels of the Planetarium’s public spaces. The exhibits will emphasize interactive, inquiry-based learning experiences.

Planetarium staff are working hard to ensure that the public still receives excellent customer service and educational programming during the closure. Seth Jarvis, Director of Clark Planetarium, said, “Although our building will be closed for two weeks, we will provide appearances at community events and we will be play testing some of our new exhibits that you haven’t seen before at multiple branches of the Salt Lake City Public Library.”

Clark Planetarium will be completely closed to the public from Tuesday, September 6th through Friday, September 16th, 2016. The Planetarium plans to reopen for normal business hours at 10:30am on Saturday, September 17th, 2016. After the closure, many of the exhibit halls will remain closed off to the public as the final components of new exhibits are added to ready the Planetarium for its official re-launch on October 22nd.


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