Now Showing: Planetarium Programs & Dome Theater Films

The Daniel M. Soref Planetarium & Dome Theater is now open!

One Planetarium program is included with your Museum admission. At this time, programs cannot be reserved in advance and are first-come, first-served. 

Giant-screen films are sold separately from Museum admission and can be reserved online, by phone, or in-person. Members $5, non-members $6. Sustainer+ members can reserve for free, but must call 414-278-2728 or visit MPM.

Daily Schedule

June 21, 2024 through September 30, 2024

10:15 a.m. Wisconsin Stargazing
11 a.m. T. REX
Noon* Cosmic Questions? Answers & Mysteries
12:45 p.m. T. REX
2 p.m. Wisconsin Stargazing
2:45 p.m. Great White Shark
3:45 p.m. Cosmic Questions? Answers & Mysteries
4:30 p.m. T. REX


* For Dino Days—July 22 to August 17—Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? will play at Noon instead of Cosmic Questions?

Now Showing
Cosmic QuestionsCosmic Questions? Answers & Mysteries

Everyone has a cosmic question! We asked museum people and local celebrities to send us their space wonderings. Explore our answers and how we handled the big mysteries like aliens, black holes, and multiverse—all on the big dome! Join us for a wild ride through the cosmos as we uncover the peculiar, the obvious, and the farout.

Showtimes at noon and 3:45 p.m.



Great White SharkGreat White Shark

Explore the mighty great white shark and its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. This amazing giant film reveals the strength and beauty of these animals by looking through the eyes of those who have been touched by shark encounters: Mike Rutzen, South African shark expert, who swims with great whites in Shark Alley; Chris Lowe, who has been tagging juvenile great whites off the coast of Los Angeles and discovering more of their secret life; and two record-breaking freedivers, Frederic Buyle and William Winram, who tag great whites by simply holding their breath and swimming with the sharks.

Showtimes at 2:45 p.m.


Wisconsin stargazingWisconsin Stargazing - Planetarium Program

Take a live tour of the current Wisconsin night sky in this 22-minute guided Planetarium program. A lively astronomy educator will show you all of the current sights on a clear dome “sky,” such as planets, constellations, meteors, and other fun celestial phenomena. The program includes a cosmic Q&A session and requests from the audience.

Showtimes at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.




For more than 100 years, dinosaurs have inspired and thrilled audiences, commanding blockbuster status in museums and at the box office. But among them towers a king—a tyrant lizard king! Meet the discoverers of remarkable new bones in the badlands of Hell Creek in the summer of 2023. Explore the life and times of the Greatest Of All Tyrants (the GOAT), T. rex!

Showtimes at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.