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

February 11, 2023 through June 8, 2023

10:15 a.m. Wisconsin Stargazing
11:00 a.m. Wings Over Water
12:00 p.m. Surviving in Space
12:45 p.m. Wings Over Water
2:00 p.m. Wisconsin Stargazing
2:45 p.m. Volcanoes
3:45 p.m. Surviving in Space
4:30 p.m. Wings Over Water

Now Showing
Wings Over WaterWings Over Water - Giant Film

Embark on a magnificent giant-screen journey to discover the amazing prairie wetlands—a place we need to protect. Take a close look at three amazing bird families: huge sandhill cranes, tiny yellow warblers, and charismatic mallard ducks, who all have unique behaviors and migration routes in this largely unknown area of North America. Narrated by Michael Keaton. Presenting Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited

Showtimes at 11:00 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.



Surviving in SpaceSurviving in Space - Planetarium Program

Ever dream of rocketing into space or being an astronaut in Earth's orbit? Explore these fascinating journeys and beyond with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and her robot helper, SLOTH! That’s short for Space Life Operations Trainer for Humans. Join us for this fun Planetarium program for all ages.

Showtimes at 12:00 p.m. and 3:45 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 2:00 p.m.




VolcanoesVolcanoes - Giant Film

Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes have helped create the world we know. With more than 500 active volcanoes, Earth is bursting at the seams with these forces of mass construction! The story of volcanoes is the story of us. Dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend a lava lake in Vanuatu, and visit incredible mineral deposits in Ethiopia. Travel across the globe to see the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii and witness the devastating effects of the Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. You'll be on the edge of your seat as you discover molten worlds and exploding craters in this adrenaline-filled, immersive experience!

Showtimes at 2:45 p.m.