The Ohio State University at Newark

Free Admission for SciDome Planetarium Grand Opening at The Works

NEWARK, Ohio, May 9, 2018 – The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is proud to announce the grand opening of its newest exhibit, a SciDome planetarium, on Saturday, June 9, 2018. There will be members-only festivities from 9 a.m.-noon; the general public will be welcome from noon-5 p.m. Admission is free and includes access to the Works museum, the new SciDome exhibit and all special activities. Special family-friendly space and science activities throughout the museum and courtyard include learning about the magnetic fields of the universe and experiencing the challenges of navigating a rover on a planet a million miles away. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet Ohio astronaut Don Thomas and visit the NASA Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit. The Works is located at 55 S. 1st St., Newark, Ohio. To learn more visit or call 740-349-9277.

The Works’ Director, Marcia Downes said, “We are excited to provide this resource to the community and believe that the SciDome will add value to the visitor experience.”

It was important to The Works that access to the SciDome be included in general admission – with no extra cost to guests. Built in collaboration with The Ohio State University at Newark, the planetarium and multi-purpose science auditorium is a unique educational destination benefiting all Works visitors, members and area students. The SciDome consists of a 30-foot tilted dome for projection and 60 theatre-style seats for guests. Youth and adults from throughout the region will gain access to interdisciplinary programs, virtual learning opportunities and career-focused internships.

EVENT: SciDome Grand Opening
WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2018 9 a.m.-noon (members) noon-5 p.m. (general public)
WHERE: The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology
55 S. 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
COST: FREE admission
INFO: or 740-349-9277

“This partnership is an outstanding example of how Ohio State Newark can benefit the community and extend access to the university in engaging and creative ways that reach far beyond the traditional classroom,” said Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald. “The SciDome’s interactive programs will bring science alive for area students and, we believe, inspire generations of future scientists and engineers.”
After the grand opening, the SciDome will be open for regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with scheduled show times posted online as well as on a monitor outside the SciDome. Once open, visitors will be able to enjoy live planetarium shows and full-dome production films. Live planetarium shows will showcase the wonder of stars, constellations and nebulae; planets and our solar system; the life cycle of stars; and a rotating selection of astronomy and space science mini-experiences. Full-dome production shows will feature explorations of humankind from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration; the science of lightspeed; the Earth, moon and sun; and travel through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water.

The SciDome will be an invaluable asset to the local community, students and educators. Ohio State Newark is set to offer programming in the fall designed to utilize the facility. In addition, The Works and Ohio State Newark developed the SciDome Academy, a professional development program for local teachers to discover new ways to incorporate Earth and space science content into their curriculum.

SciDome construction would not have been possible without a number of donors and great support from the community. The Works would like to thank AEP Ohio, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the Jerry McClain Company, the John and Mary Alford Foundation, the John Hinderer Family, the LeFevre Foundation, the Lindorf Family Foundation and Park National Bank for their support of this out-of-this-world community resource.

The Works is the region’s leader in out-of-school STEM education for pre-kindergarten through high school students, and provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.