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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 TodayThe 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.

Public 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 or in January. 

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 April 29th Album Encounter will feature Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (Disc 1).

The May 6th Album Encounter will feature Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (Disc 2). It is the last one of the school year.

Previous Album Encounters for the 2015-16 school year were: Santana's "IV", Rolling Stones' "Let It Bleed", Various Artists' "Star Wars Headspace", Grateful Dead's "Skeletons in the Closet", Soul Asylum's "Change of Fortune", Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason", Dream Theater's "The Astonishing", Led Zeppelin's "II", David Bowie's "Blackstar", Pink Floyd's "Animals", Nordic Giants' "A Seance of Dark Delusions", Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", The Beatles' "1", Adele's "25", U2's "The Best of 1980 - 1990". Disclosure's "Caracal", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", The Doors' "Essential Rarities", Muse's "Drones", David Gilmour's "Rattle That Lock", Santana's "Live", Wilco's "Star Wars", Pink Floyd's "Meddle", and The Sword's "High Country".

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 Saturday afternoons and Album Encounters  on Friday evenings is available in the Cowley Hall Commuter-3 (C-3) parking lot on the north side of Cowley Hall.   

There are no meters in the Cowley Hall Lot. Weekday parking for the Planetarium is available through Pay Stations in the Stadium Commuter-2 (C-2) parking lot, on the northeast corner of East Ave. and Pine Street (on the west 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 an hourly basis. Rates are $1 per hour. Fines are $25! Lots are enforced until 7pm weekdays (Monday through Friday).

In the Stadium Lot, the Pay Station (on the west side of the lot) generates a ticket which is to be placed on your dash. You can park at any open spot (except Handicapped, unless you have a permit) in the lot.  Pay Stations accept coins, bills, and cards. Lots are enforced from 7am to 7pm weekdays (Monday through Friday). Fines are $25.

In the Parking Ramp, numbered spaces (1-32) 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. Pay Stations accept coins, bills, or cards. Lots are enforced until 7pm weekdays (Monday through Friday). Fines are $25.

Visitors may also stop at the Parking Office located in the Southeast corner of 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