The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

We have completed 'phase 3' of our 3 part fundrasing plan for a 

Digital Planetarium System 


In 2019, our fundraising success went into 'warp drive". The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium were awarded three grants totaling $60,000 and raised over $19,000 from business and individuals.donations and  

These funds were added to funds raised in prior years and In November, we purchased a Digitarium Lambda Projection System made by Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. of Bremerton, WA.

We received $25,000 from the Rasmusson Foundation and a $10,000 matching grant from the Juneau Community Foundation's Blackwell Fund. We have also been awarded $25,000 from Coeur Alaska. 

After delivery and training, we aim to have a public grand opening in early February, 2020.

Our major donors will be invited to a pre-launch event in January and donors of $500 or more are offered a free private planetarium show.

A digital planetarium system will be an "out of this world" educational tool. We will offer exciting new programming to people with various levels of astronomy knowledge. 

We look forward to continuing our long tradition of providing free astronomy education to the public, school classes, and community groups free of charge as always

Click here for a list of donors who are helping us reach for the stars..

Click here for a list of grants we have been awarded towards a new digital projector. .

Click here for a list of other grants, goods and services we have received from the community.