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 programs for scouts and other youth groups, as well as adults.  The minimum group size is 10 persons, and the planetarium seats up to 60 guests.  We are 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.

    Directions:

    The Gary E. Sampson Planetarium is at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 West Center St., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

    From the North - take US 45 south, to the North Avenue West exit.  Turn right (west) onto North Avenue.  Follow North Avenue to 114th St.  Turn right (north) onto 114th St.  Continue on 114th St. to Center St.  Turn left (west) onto Center St., and take the first right, into the parking lot.  West High School is on the right.  Enter the high school through the first entrance.  The planetarium is directly ahead, on the left side of the hallway.


    From the South - take US 45 north, to the North Avenue West exit.  Merge onto North Avenue.  Follow North Avenue to 114th St.  Turn right (north) onto 114th St.  Continue on 114th St. to Center St.  Turn left (west) onto Center St., and take the first right, into the parking lot.  West High School is on the right.  Enter the high school through the first entrance.  The planetarium is directly ahead, on the left side of the hallway.
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Contact Information

  • Wauwatosa West High School

    11400 W. Center Street.

    Main Office:414-773-3000

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