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New Light Show Debuts at Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium on April 3

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced the opening of a brand new, original production at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium titled Dark Side: The Light Show.

This all new light show will open in the recently-renovated Chaffee Planetarium on Friday, April 3.

Visitors will experience Pink Floyd’s iconic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” as never before in this one-of-a-kind light show, featuring stunning 4k visuals, brilliant LED sequences and incredibly clear 5.1 surround sound. “Dark Side: The Light show” is the GRPM’s first original production since the planetarium underwent major renovations in 2013/2014.

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This most recent production was developed by members of the original crew that worked on previous laser light shows at the GRPM in the 1990s and 2000s.

“What a great story! Bringing back planetarium alumni – those who previously worked at the planetarium – to advise us and help to create an all new show with this new technology has been a wonderful experience,” said Dale Robertson, President and CEO of the GRPM.

Members of the volunteer planetarium production team include: Jacob Bourjaily, Matt Bourjaily, Ethan Brown, Dave Staskiewicz, Chad Kremer, Dave DeBruyn, John Foerch and Daniel Tell.

Dark Side: The Light Show will play Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 each with general admission to the Museum, free to Museum members and $5 each for planetarium-only tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Museum members can see special previews of the show on Tuesday, March 31 and be the first to experience this dazzling new show at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Planetarium shows are free to GRPM members, and members can reserve tickets by calling 616.456.3977.

Dark Side: The Light Show contains adult language and dizzying visual effects. It is not recommended for individuals prone to motion sickness, seizures or light sensitivity.

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