Welcome to the Pacific Planetarium
Located at 817 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Bremerton, Washington, the Pacific Planetarium is the city's newest cultural attraction. Featuring 28 seats in concentric arrangement (around the perimeter of the dome), the family friendly Pacific Planetarium provides an engaging environment for teachers, students, and audience members to learn about the night sky, our solar system, and beyond.
A combination of paid and volunteer staffers at the Pacific Planetarium work hard to provide engaging topics relating to earth and space sciences with the unique ability to provide live, interactive programming. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions of our staff members both in and outside of the dome.
The mission of the Pacific Planetarium is to improve the level of astronomy knowledge in the Puget Sound region, to inspire excitement and interest in science and science education, and to provide related cultural and community enrichment opportunities. The planetarium will be a test bed to explore the effectiveness of different tools and teaching methodologies.
Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc began out of a small Seattle flat in 2003 to develop affordable digital planetarium systems to the world over. As the company continued to grow and expand, co-founders Karrie Berglund and Robert Spearman moved to Bremerton to continue providing affordable planetarium products. In 2010, the search began for yet another building in which to host the now world-leading digital planetarium manufacturer.
With the participation and cooperation of the City of Bremerton, Digitalis acquired the old Fire Station Number 1 building in Downtown Bremerton and began construction of their very own fixed-dome planetarium facility. The Pacific Planetarium opened to a resounding crowd of over 200 participants in August of 2011.
The Pacific Planetarium continues to provide family friendly public shows every First and Third Friday of the month. Past special activities include Astronomy Day celebrations, a free Transit of Venus event, and more with over 1,000 local residents served.
In early 2012, the Pacific Planetarium expanded and opened a new position of Planetarium School and Event Coordinator to begin offering planetarium shows to scout groups, schools, and more in 2012.