Gary. E Sampson Planetarium

  • The Gary E. Sampson Planetarium is a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for the study of astronomy.  Installed when Wauwatosa West High School was built in 1967-68, the planetarium has been updated to include full-dome video projection capabilities and comfortable seating.  It is a field trip destination and a "lab" classroom for the Advanced Astronomy course at West High School.

    We offer programs for students in preschool through senior high school, as well as free public programs for guests from the Wauwatosa area.  The planetarium seats up to 60 guests and is fully accessible for guests with limited mobility.

    Why should I visit the planetarium?

    • Because it is awesome!  See the night sky the way it was before light pollution erased most of the stars from view.
    • Because it will help you better understand what you are reading and seeing about astronomy and space science.
    • Because it is a unique educational and entertaining experience.

    Visit Us:

    The Gary E. Sampson Planetarium is at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 West Center St., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Enter the main doors (southwest entrance).  Continue straight into the school - the planetarium will be directly ahead, on the left side of the hallway.


Contact Information

  • Wauwatosa West High School

    11400 W. Center Street.

    Main Office:414-773-3000

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Public Show Reservations

  • Click on the title of show that you would like to attend and complete the five-question form to complete your reservation.  You will only hear from me if there is a problem with your reservation request.

    Its About Time - Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

    Cosmology - Thursday, April 2, 7:00 PM  RESERVATIONS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Please check back as the situation evolves.

    Cosmology - Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 PM

    The study of our universe is as old as time, yet our scientific understanding of the nature of the universe and it evolution is less than 100 years old.  This program is an overview of the science of cosmology - the study of the origin and evolution of the universe.  From the earliest theories about the size of the universe to the Big Bang Theory, this show details how the universe and our scientific understanding of it has evolved over time.