The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

 Cash and In Kind Donations


The British Fulldome Institute and other organizations provide us with various content for  the planetarium. We appreciate them


  • A new tablet which allows us control our planetarium system while moving around the planetarium donated by a board member.. 
  • Donation by two board members to purchase a SkyBox. It is a hardware and software system to create programs on our planetarium system while not at the planetarium.


  • $225 from Project Playground for upgrade of the Planet Walk at Twin Lakes.
  • Valley Paint for $150 worth of paint for planet walk at Twin Lakes.
  • Dave Hanson donated and installed an improved sound system. It sounds great
  • We had table at Gold Rush Days. Thanks to Coeur Alaska - Kensington Mine for organizing this free family event and to Ben Disney for donating the registration fee.
  • Brian Kaeser for Celestron telescope.

2000 to 2021

In kind donations of goods and services from past and present board members. These donations include:  

  • astronomy books, games and other educational materials
  • art work, posters and picture frames
  • office supplies, printing expenses and postage
  • art and other supplies for children's activities
  • clean up and repair of our planetarium space, 
  • furniture and garage sales donations
  • hosting visiting educators including food, lodging, and transportation, 


$200 raised at a garage sale.


  • $200 raised at a garage sale.


  • $300 for computer projector from Juneau Lions Club initiated by Joyce Kitka, director of Community Schools.
  • David Phillips, a planetarium attendee, for a spotting scope.
  • Bartlett Hospital - dry ice for Kids Show at the Planetarium


  • Valley Paint for donating 5 gallons of paint for the Sun project at the Planet Walk
  • Sally McIntire for donation of a Meade Digital Telescope.


  • About $2,000 from the Juneau School District for Spitz maintenance, repair and training two day visit. 

"It improved the equipment, our ability to use it, and our relationship with the vendor. It confirms our appreciation for the asset that we own. It reminds us that our volunteer hours contribute to the educational palette available to students, teachers and the public.".

- October memo to school district.