Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Welcome to Alaska's largest planetarium

Help us Reach for the Stars

  • Juneau's planetarium is part of the Juneau School District and has been run by volunteers for over 20 years. Our presentations and events reflect the interest and knowledge of our volunteers.
  • We offer free astronomy education for the public, school classes and community groups.

The planetarium is a unique community resource

The planetarium projector allows us to model the sky even when the weather is miserable!  We show 'The Stars Tonight' at almost all presentations at the planetarium showing how Juneau's night sky would look if it were clear. Click here to learn more about our starball.


The planetarium has been run by volunteers with knowledge of and enthusiasm about astronomy. This is reflected in the planetarium's diverse offerings (click to learn more).

Fundraising Update

The board of the Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium is delighted and grateful to have been awarded a Tier 1 $25,000 grant towards a new planetarium system. 

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Planetarium Location - 1415 Glacier Avenue

Click here if you need directions.

Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium (FOMDP)

The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium a 501(c)(3) was formed in 2014 to support the planetarium and astronomy education in Juneau.  We are fundraising for a new digital projector which will cost &70,000. 

We are fundraising for a new digital planetarium system to upgrade our current system which is 52 years old.   

This powerful tool will enable us to offer more diverse astronomy presentations.   

We have raised $35,000 to date
We need to raise an additional $50,000
 


Upcoming Free Shows

Sunday, May 19th from 3:00 to - 4:00 pm

Kid's show on Telescopes
How do telescopes see more than we can see with our own eyes?  Both collect light, but telescopes see more and we can turn that light into amazing pictures to keep.   How do we do that?   How big are telescopes?  See some amazing telescopes and their pictures like those from the Hubble in space and the Keck in Hawaii.

    Presenter:  Rosemary Walling


The Planetarium will be closed from May 28 to mid August for maintenance in the Marie Drake Building.. Don't panic. We will have some events at other locations during this closure.

 
  • We need someone to do publicity. 
  • We need volunteer to do children's programming.
  • We need volunteer to do hands on programming e.g. hands on astronomy demonstration or astronomy art project.
  • We need fundraising assistance 
    • Grant writing
    • Organizing a fundraising event. We will be having a fundraising meeting soon.

Contact Us

You are welcome to contact us if you have
  • ideas for planetarium shows and events
  • constructive suggestions for improvement
  • want to volunteer or make a donation 
  • questions
  • fundraising and grant suggestions
  • want to request a free astronomy presentation for your school group or community group. We will try to find a volunteer at a mutually agreeable time. Please let us know topic, number of attendees and ages/grades of attendees.

Board Members
  • Clark Branch, 723-8044 (Treasurer)
  • Dave Hanson, 
  • Rosemary Walling, 723-0692
  • Steve Kocsis, 500-2941(Secretary)
  • Cristina Della Rosa, 500-2942 (President)

mariedrakeplanetarium@gmail.com

Mailing Address
Clark Branch 
308 West 8th Street, Juneau, Alaska, 99801
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