Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium

The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium is located at the Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. It features a futuristic Space Mission Simulator and cutting-edge space station laboratory, a huge 50-foot dome Planetarium and the area’s largest IMAX® 3D Theatre. Forming part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education international network, the 32,000-square-foot Challenger Learning Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn about and explore the wild world of science and technology. Photo: Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium

»Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision


The mission of the Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre is to encourage a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as create positive learning experiences and inspire learners, scholars, students to take their studies further into higher education and careers. The Center also aims to provide the public with spectacular, culturally diverse, and highly entertaining visual experiences and exhibitions that enhance the importance and role science and technology play in our world today. To accomplish this mission and vision, the Challenger Learning Center features a range of institutions, projects and hands-on or demonstration science techniques and equipment, including the Downtown Digital Dome Theatre & Planetarium, a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator, and IMAX® 3D Theatre. Photo: Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium

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»Attractions

Attractions


The Downtown Digital Dome Theatre and Planetarium

The Downtown Digital Dome Theatre and Planetarium is a 50-foot, high-definition theater that seats 128 and features a state-of-the-art projector and a 20,600-watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system and presents an array of educational and entertaining programming for all ages. Visitors to the Downtown Digital Dome Theatre and Planetarium can experience the beautiful night sky, the stars and the galaxy in the modern theater, which can also be rented for private functions such as film screenings, parties, and presentations.

The Challenger Learning Center Space Mission Simulator

The Challenger Learning Center Space Mission Simulator offers visitors an opportunity to experience a flight in space with a flight in a Space Mission Simulator and work as engineers and scientists on a space station. The state-of-the-art simulator has an orbiting space station designed to reflect the laboratory on the International Space Station along with a Mission Control room modeled after the one at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Visitors can enjoy one of our three simulated space missions, namely a Voyage to Mars, Rendezvous with a Comet, and Return to the Moon, all of which provide plenty of tasks, exercises, and challenges for the crews on the ground and in space.

IMAX® 3D Theatre

The IMAX® 3D Theatre features a five-story high movie screen and wrap-around digital surround sound where visitors can experience extraordinary IMAX visual clarity and sound quality in a variety of technically advanced and visually stunning shows. IMAX shows include ‘The Fate of the Furious,' ‘Voyage of Time,' ‘Wild Africa 3D’, ‘A Beautiful Planet 3D’, ‘Robots 3D’, ‘National Parks Adventure 3D’, and ‘Humpback Whales.’ Photo: Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium

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»Education

Education

The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium offers a range of educational programs and special events for learners and visitors of all ages, including camps, scout merit badges, Kid’s Free Day, Free Sky Guy Planetarium Show, and select IMAX shows.

The Challenger Learning Center’s ‘Camp Challenger’ are science-themed educational camps held during the holidays that feature interactive, hands-on experiences led by professional educators that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other educational themes. Themed camps include ‘Time Travelers’ where campers can learn about ancient history, dinosaurs, and hidden cities; ‘Under the Sea’ which explores life under the sea; ‘Head to Toe’ which delves into the health, nutrition and the science of the body, inside and out, and ‘Bits and Bots’ where kids learn the basics of coding and discover how robots work.

Visitor Information

The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium is located at 200 South Duval Street in Tallahassee and is open to the public seven days a week.

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200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301, website, Phone: 850-645-7827 Photo: Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium

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Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium in Tallahassee, FL


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