Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory

Ritter Planetarium LogoBlack HolesGrid CushingReflection of planetariumRitter BuildingObservatory DomesRitter Planetarium Logo
Located on the main campus of the University of Toledo, the Ritter Planetarium is your gateway to the Universe.  Outfitted with a state-of-the-art digital projector and 5.1 surround sound, the Ritter Planetarium is capable of transporting you though space and time to view the wonders of the Universe.   We offer public programs on the weekends, K-12 school programs, Scout programs, private parties, and birthday parties by reservation.

NOTICE: Currently we do not have elevator access to our observatories and will be unable to accommodate guests requiring an elevator. (Normal Operation Resumes Fall 2017)


Information for The Great American Eclipse - August 21st 2017

Our event will mostly take place outside on the south lawn (campus-side) between Ritter and McMaster Hall. We will be there from 12:30 PM until 4:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend and we are not charging a fee. We will have a couple of safely filtered telescopes looking at the eclipse. We will also have a couple dozen “Personal Solar Observatory Boxes” people can use for free and we will have a limited supply of solar eclipse glasses for sale for $3.00. In the event of clouds, we will have a web-stream of the eclipses from other locations playing in Room 1005 of McMaster Hall.

Eclipse Glasses - Currently Sold Out
A small number will be available to attendees of our Friday evening program.


Upcoming Public Programs:

Programs begin promptly at the time indicated, late admission is not allowed.  Admission to all public programs is $7 for adults and  $5 for children, seniors, and UT community members.  All shows are first-come, first-served and reservations are not accepted nor required. Please see our Public Programs page for more details.

Public ProgramsPublic Programs

Ritter Planetarium offers public programs every Friday during the year and Saturday during the academic year. View our current schedule.

School ProgramsSchool Programs

Ritter Planetarium offers a variety of programs for all age groups and grades. Learn more and schedule your visit!

Scout ShowsScout Programs

Throughout the year, Ritter Planetarium offers specialized programs for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts & Brownies. Learn more and see the latest schedule.


Last Updated: 8/15/17