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About Us 

The Marie Drake Planetarium, located in downtown Juneau, Alaska has been providing free astronomy and space exploration to the public, school classes and community groups since the late 1960s. It is one of the few remaining working school planetariums in the United States which were funded by the National Defense Education Act of 1958 in response to the Soviet expansion of the space race with the launch of the Sputnik satellite.

The planetarium is the most fully immersive facility in Juneau. It is run by a non-profit  organization Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium.  Our mission is to provide astronomy education to the public, school classes, and community groups and to promote the use of the planetarium by engaging the public in a variety of interesting space topics which will inspire our audiences to learn more about our amazing  universe.

The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium (FOMDP) was formed in 2011 as a nonprofit 501(c)(b).

In 2021, thanks to donations from interested patrons and local community groups, the planetarium was able to purchase a modern digital display system to replace the original analog Star Ball projector. It has allowed our staff to explore the far edges of space and create mind-expanding shared immersive experiences.

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We would like to thank the Juneau School District and its Juneau Community schools for allowing our use of the facility and for its generous assistance in many ways.

The physical planetarium dome space is owned by the JSD.  The FOMDP own the digital projector and pay for software and hardware upgrades while JSD pays for room maintenance expenses such as electricity and cleaning.

In 2021, thanks to donations from interested patrons and local community groups, the planetarium was able to purchase a modern digital display system to replace the original analog Star Ball projector. It has allowed our staff to explore the far edges of space and create mind-expanding shared immersive experiences.

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Arranging a classroom
field trip

Please contact Rosemary directly. 

Arranging a show
for a community group

Contact Cristina. Let her know the name of your group, age (if applicable) and what you would like to experience. We will try to find a volunteer whose schedule matches yours.  Please include a contact person with phone number and email.

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Feedback

Let us know what you like and give us positive feedback we can quote. We welcome new ideas for shows. Share constructive suggestions for improvement.  Email us

How to contact us

PO Box 34671
Juneau, AK 99803
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Events outside the Planetarium

We participate in outreach events such as the Maritime festival.
We occasionally do telescope viewing, weather permitting.
We also have a portable planetarium.
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