About Us

Vision Statement

By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region, motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology and foster lifelong learning for people of all ages.


Mission Statement

To inspire and nurture the mind for science – one visit at a time.



In 1963, Tyler Junior College (TJC) opened the first planetarium located in East Texas. Originally known as the Hudnall Planetarium, it was reopened in 2011 after a major expansion and renovation of its facilities and renamed The Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

Home to the first 40’ Spitz nano-seam domed theatre in East Texas, the state-of-the-art Planetarium features an immersive, full-dome video experience.  The new theater is equipped with Digistar 5, the latest in digital projection technology.

The facility also features interactive displays and exhibits, classroom and outdoor play spaces.