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 date that you would like to attend and complete the form to complete your reservation.  You will only hear from me if there is a problem with your reservation request.

    The Sun, Our Living Star   Reservations are honored until 6:55 PM, after which guests without reservations will be seated on a first-come - first-served basis.  All shows start promptly at 7:00 PM, and guests cannot be seated after the program has started.

    The Sun has shone on our world for 4.5 billion years.  Its light and heat have been felt by every person who has ever lived.  It is our nearest star and our planet's powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our wind, our weather, and all life. The passage of the Sun's fiery disc across the sky - day after day, month by month - was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.  Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience amazing images of the Sun's violent surface in immersive, full-dome format.  Please join us for this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives.


    Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 PM

    Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM