The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau
1415 Glacier Avenue

Welcome to Juneau's planetarium

Juneau's planetarium is a unique community resource. It is part of the Juneau School District but has been run by volunteers for 20 years 

The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium non profit was formed in 2011. We promote astronomy education and are the primary organization promoting, using, and upgrading the Marie Drake Planetarium.  We have a five member board.

We partner with the Juneau School District and other community organizations.

We offer diverse presentations and events to people of all ages and levels of astronomy knowledge..  We provide free astronomy education for the public, school classes and community groups. 


1415 Glacier Avenue in Marie Drake Building between Harborview and JDHS.
Click here to learn more. This is the same building at the alternative high school.

Click image below to make a tax deductible donation.

We are currently fundraising for training for our new planetarium system and other expenses,  A board member is currently attending training in Hawaii.
We also plan to attend the Live Action Interactive Planetarium conference in July,

There is always something interesting happening
at the planetarium
Here are ways to keep informed

  • On this website, go to upcoming events tab or Calendar button.
  • Join our email list
  • Like us on Facebook

  • We also list our events in: the Juneau Empire, KTOO and JAHC events calendars and Facebook groups such as Juneau Events and Juneau Billboard Events.

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Contact us if you would like to volunteer or to arrange a show for a school class or community group. We welcome your feedback, thoughts, ideas for grants, questions, praise and constructive suggestions for improvement.

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We appreciate their investment  in the areas of math and science education in Juneau, Alaska. 

Recent Grants

To increase the capability and versatility of the planetarium, we developed a three part fundraising plan to buy a digital planetarium system. 

In December, we were awarded a $25,000 grant from Coeur Alaska - Kensington Mine. These funds completed 'phase 3' of our fundraising plan. We were able to purchase the final software and data sets with enhanced resolution and capabilities. 

When can I see a Digital Projector in action?

The board is in the process of learning to use it, so please be patient.

We will have a pre-launch event for our major donors in February followed by a public Grand Opening.