About the Friends of the Planetarium

Founded in 2010 to save the Planetarium from being closed, Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that continues to raise funds to make the Planetarium even better, and to support Arlington Public Schools in providing enhanced science education in Arlington County. The Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium has an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Thank you to our major donors

One weekend per month the FOTP organizes a special three-day program around a particular theme. This program replaces the regular APS schedule for that month, and typically includes full-dome movies, talks, and special activities.




Postal Mail

Friends of the Planetarium
P.O. Box 7029
Arlington, VA 22207


While the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium organization is an avid supporter of public programming and community exposure to the Planetarium, we are not involved in its use outside of the programming listed on our Events page.  All requests for use of the Planetarium are handled by Arlington Public Schools personnel. If you have questions in this area, please call 703-228-6070.  This number will connect users to a recording with detailed information about APS programs, schedules, and how to request special events/programs. Please also visit http://www.apsva.us/planetarium for more information.

Visit the Planetarium

1426 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA

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We are a short walk from the Ballston Metro and have ample free parking.

Movies, photographs, & history

A collection of movies depicting the recent history of the Planetarium and recording some related events and lectures.

Visit our Flickr page to see some photographs.

Some notes on the history and significance of the Arlington Planetarium

Board of Directors

A list of our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and information about the Corporation.

Annual Reviews

Video for 2019–2020.

Video for 2017–2018.

Presentation for 2012–2013 marking the Grand Reopening of the Planetarium.