Our main entrance through the northeast doors of Smith Laboratory where you will take the northeast elevator (or the stairs) up to the 5th floor. Note: It does matter that you go to the elevator at the north end of the building. The other building doors will likely be locked if it is not during normal university hours, and the other stairwells and elevators in the building do not go all the way up to the 5th floor, so you must work your way to the northeast corner to get to the planetarium. Please plan on arriving at least 5-10 minutes before the planetarium shows, since the doors will typically remain closed once the show begins.
Unfortunately, there is no parking available at Smith Laboratory itself. Public parking garages are located nearby on the OSU campus, with parking available off High Street, for a small fee. We recommend the Tuttle Garage or Ohio Union Garage which are open to visitors during the day. Please note that construction and events significantly impact access to various garages, so please allow additional time to reach the planetarium at all times of year. We do not know of all closures and events so it is good practice to always be prepared leaving extra time.
Parking fees for academic campus garages are $4.25 for one hour and $7.25 for 2 hours. Please see OSU CampusParc Garage Parking details. Surface lots are cheaper but are farther away.
Surface lot parking is available for $2.00 per hour. Please see OSU CampusParc Surface Parking details.
OSU's CampusParc lets school buses park in any unrestricted space (which excludes disability, reserved, or hourly spaces) at no charge if they have city, county, state, or any other government license plate. CampusParc would prefer that buses park/stage in the Scarlet and Gray Lots near the Schottenstein Center (assuming there are no events taking place at the Schott) between dropping off and picking up. Please call CampusParc if you need alternative bus parking as many drivers already park in various places on campus. Let the planetarium staff know if you need help organizing your group's bus parking.
The OSU Planetarium is accessible to persons in wheelchairs via the Smith Laboratory building elevator, which is near the access ramp located ONLY at the northeast entrance to the Smith Laboratory. This is also the only door that is guaranteed to be unlocked. Once inside, please follow the signs to the northeast elevator to go to the 5th floor. Please let your show presenter know if the elevator is out for some reason. We will take care of you and your show even if we have to reschedule at no charge.
In case of an elevator outage, for groups who must use the elevator, we will reschedule at no cost when the elevator is back in service. For those with limited mobility but can do one flight of stairs, we recommend using the elevator at the SW of the building to get to the 4th floor and then take the stairs at the NE end to the 5th floor and the planetarium itself. We will post on our front page if there is currently a known outage.
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