Directions

Location

Google Map to OSU Planetarium

The OSU Planetarium is located on the 5th floor of Smith Laboratory at street address 174 W 19th Ave, on the OSU Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Our main entrance through the northeast doors of Smith Lab 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.

Parking

Unfortunately, there is no parking available at Smith Lab 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 over the summer, construction has significantly impacted access to various garages, so please allow additional time to reach the planetarium.

Parking fees for academic campus garages are $3.75 for one hour and $6.25 for 2 hours. Please see OSU CampusParc for details. Surface lots are cheaper but are farther away. 

Bus Parking

OSU's CampusParc typically asks school buses to park in the Gray Lot near the Shottenstein Center for no charge. 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. For additional information, please contact CampusParc directly at 614-688-0000.

The OSU CampusParc Parking Map

Accessibility

The OSU Planetarium is accessible to persons in wheelchairs via the Smith Lab building elevator, which is near the access ramp located ONLY at the northeast entrance to the Smith Lab. 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.

The OSU Planetarium has a number of accessibility features available for students with disabilities.  Please see our accessibility page for details or email us if you have special requirements.

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