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    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Planetarium presents programs to school groups, private groups, and the public.  Our facility has been recognized in Physics Today, The Alumnus and La Crosse Magazine.  The goal of the Planetarium is to provide educational outreach for the area and to raise awareness of the value of astronomy.  For more information about the Planetarium and its programs, please contact us at 608.785.8669.

    Vast university Hubble space telescopePublic Programs

    Public Programs are held at 1:00 pm on Saturdays.  There are monthly Public Programs in October, November, December, February, March, and April.  They are on Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Students, Children, and Senior Citizens (over 60).  Each program begins with a talk on the current evening sky, followed by a multimedia audiovisual presentation on an astronomical subject. There are no Public Programs during the summer months.

    The March program will be "Chasing the Ghost Particle - From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe". It will be presented at 1pm on Saturdays March 7, 14, 21, and 28.

    Album Encounters 

    Album Encounters are multimedia light and laser shows set to rock music.  They are presented at 8:00 pm on Fridays when classes are in session.  Admission is $5.00 for everyone.  

    The March 27th Album Encounter will feature Modest Mouse's "Strangers to Ourselves". The April 3rd Album Encounter will feature Pink Floyd's "Division Bell".

    Previous Album Encounters this school year were: March 6th Grateful Dead "Live Dead"; February 27th The New Basement Tapes' "Lost on the River":  February 20th The Doors' "The Doors":  February 13th 2Cellos' "Celloverse"; February 6th Pink Floyd's "Animals"; January 30th The War on Drugs' "Lost in the Dream": December 12th Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"; December 5th The Foo Fighter's "Sonic Highways"; November 21st Pink Floyd's "The Endless River"; November 14th Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy"; November 7th - Royal Blood's "Royal Blood"; October 31st - Michael Jackson's "Thriller";  October 24th - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"; October 17th - Weezer's "Everything Will be Alright In the End"; October 10th - David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust"; October 3rd - Alt-J's "This is All Yours"; September 26th - John Lennon's "Icon"; September 19th - "Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack" by Various Artists; September 12th - Pink Floyd's "Meddle";  September 5th - Tom Petty's "Hypnotic Eye".

    School and Private Programs 

    There are several programs available for School and Private groups. For more information on School and Private Programs, please see the upper left of this web page or contact Bob Allen, Planetarium Director, by email at or by phone at 608.785.8669. 

    Additional Program Information

    • Public, School, and Private Programs last about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours.  
    • Maximum seating capacity is approximately 50 adults OR 70 young children.  
    • The charge for private or school groups of 10 or more is $3.00 per person.  The minimum charge per program is $30.00 for a group of 10 or less.  

    Directions and Parking

    The Planetarium is located in Room 20 in the basement level of Cowley Hall. Cowley Hall is on the northwest corner of East Ave. and Pine Street.   Parking for Public Programs on Saturdays and Album Encounters  on Friday evenings is available in the C-3 parking lot on the north side of Cowley Hall. There are no meters in our lot.  

    Weekday parking for the Planetarium is available through Pay Stations in the Stadium C-2 parking lot (on the northeast corner of East Ave. and Pine Street) on the east side of Roger Harring Stadium and in the campus Parking Ramp (entrance on Farwell Street, between 16th Street and 17th Street). Temporary parking is offered on a hourly basis. Rates are $1 per hour. 

    In the Stadium Lot, the Pay Station generates a ticket which is to be placed on your dash. Lots are enforced until 7pm weekdays. 

    In the Parking Ramp, numbered spaces are to the right just after you enter.  REMEMBER YOUR SPACE NUMBER and pay for the time at the Pay Station at the Parking Ramp entrance/exit. Multiple forms of payment are accepted. Lots are enforced until 7pm weekdays. 

    Visitors may also stop at the parking office located in the Parking Ramp to purchase a temporary parking permit for weekdays.  Permits are $3.00 for a half day or $5.00 for a full day of parking in campus lots (including Cowley's). 

    Thank you for visiting the Planetarium website. Keep looking up and here's hoping  you have clear skies! 

    Bob Allen, Planetarium Director
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse