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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 November 2014 Public Program will be "Stargazer". It will be presented at 1:00 pm on the following Saturdays: November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

    The December 2014 Public Program will be "Star of Wonder". It will be presented at 1:00 on the following Saturdays: December 6, 13, and 20.

    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.  

    The next Album Encounter will be at 8:00 pm on Friday, October 31st it will feature Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

    Previous Album Encounters have been: 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 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 beside Cowley Hall.  Weekday parking for the Planetarium is available through pay stations in the C-2 parking lot beside Roger Harring Stadium or in the campus parking ramp (entrance on Farwell Street, between 16th Street and 17th Street) where temporary parking is offered on a hourly, pay-by-space basis. REMEMBER YOUR SPACE NUMBER and pay for the time at the pay station located at the ramp exit. Multiple forms of payment are accepted.  Visitors may also stop at the parking office located at 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 on campus. 

    Thank you for visiting the Planetarium website and here's  you have clear skies! 

    Bob Allen, Planetarium Director
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse