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Public Shows for 2023-2024 School Year:

Unless noted, all shows are on Mondays and Tuesdays with start times of 6 PM and 7:30 PM.  Tickets typically go on sale around the time of the previous month's show days.  Many shows sell out, so purchase here as soon as possible!

October 16 - 17, 2023           The Stars of Autumn    (Current Sky and How to use a Telescope!)

November 13 - 14, 2023       We are Guardians  NEW

December 11 -12, 2023         Season of Light

NEW SCHEDULE:    Tuesdays and Thursdays for Rest of the Year!

January 23rd and 25th, 2024              Lights Out! Eclipses:  Whys, Wonders and Wows  NEW

Buy your eclipse glasses from us, $5 each!

February  (Dates/Times Vary)       Romance/Enchantment Under the Sea (Reservations managed through MSCR!)

March 19th and 21st, 2024                 Living in Balance:  Anishinaabe Star Knowledge

April 23rd and 25th, 2024                     Mars:  The Ultimate Voyage  NEW

May 14th and 16th, 2024                      The Stars of Summer    (Current Sky and How to use a Telescope!)

Planetarium Public Shows

Madison's Planetarium is a Hidden Gem (City Cast Madison, 2023)

Memorial High Planetarium: Coolest Thing Ever! (Wisconsin State Journal, 2023)

We offer public planetarium programs during the school year. The show topic varies each month. Tickets can be purchased...

in advance online (credit card)

or at the door (Cash)...

but only IF the show is not sold out.   So buy tickets in advance!

COST/Ticket Fees: 

Madison Resident, $6 per person

Non-Resident, $9 per person

*Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Occasionally we offer a unique experience via visual and auditory performances that benefit from presentation in the planetarium setting. 

COST:  Varies by program

Link to review the MMSD Planetarium,


Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

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Be safe, order a pair for everyone in the family!


Be prepared to look at the April 8, 2024 Solar eclipse!

Did you know the sun is a great object to look at any day... sometimes its sunspots are so large that you can see them with just your eyes (protected with these amazing eclipse glasses, of course) from our spaceship Earth at more than 93,000,000 miles away.

Glasses purchased must be picked up at the planetarium by appointment or at any of our public events.   Cost is $5 per pair with all proceeds directly benefiting the planetarium.  Send an email to the planetarium to arrange for a pickup time.

Cash or check is our preferred method of payment but payment through our online store is possible, if you have to use a credit card.

Buy a pair for yourself, every family member, as a gift, or simply donate the purchase so that we can provide safe eclipse glasses to others in our community.

Additional donations welcomed!!