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. This puts us about half way toward the funds we need for the new planetarium system.

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Planetarium Location - 1415 Glacier Hwy.

The planetarium is in the Marie Drake Building (between Harborview and a playing field). You will see the Planetarium logo on a sign above the double doors. If you are at the stop light at 10th Avenue and Egan Drive, coming into downtown Juneau, take a left at the light and go two blocks to Glacier Avenue. Take a left. Go two blocks to the 4 way stop sign at 12th and Glacier. Continue on Glacier Avenue. You will see the schools on the left side of the streets starting Harborview. Next to it is the Marie Drake Building. If you see the swimming pool or the high school you have gone too far.
1415 Glacier Avenue Juneau Alaska
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.   

Donors of $25 or more get FREE ebook - a colorful collection of Galactic Giggles (500 pages).

Donors  of $50 or more & receive both volumes 1 and 2.

Upcoming Free Shows

Tuesday, April 16th,  7:00 - 8:00 pm

Earth Day History and Humor
All ages

  • Earth Day is on April 22nd, but we are celebrating it early at the Marie Drake Planetarium. 
  • Join us for a lighthearted look at the history of Earth Day. Learn how you can celebrate Earth Day and can do your part to make life on planet Earth healthier everyday.
  • Free and suitable for all ages. 
  • Proceeded by 'The Stars Tonight' showing Juneau's night sky on a clear night.
  • Presentation by Cristina Della Rosa, President, Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium.
  • Call Steve at 500-2941 if you have a question.

The Night Sky

Tuesday, May 14th,  7:00 - 8:00 pm
All ages show by Clark Branch and Dave Hanson
Details to follow.

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. 

Wish List

  • We need comfortable chairs. Please bring to a show or call for pick up.
  • 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 such as giving a powerpoint travelogue or organizing a garage sale.

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)

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