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 with limited capacity. 

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.

Now Showing
a to z astronomyA to Z Astronomy - Planetarium Program

Explore the depths of space in a wild ride through the universe! Appealing to all ages, this family romp through the galaxies includes a roller coaster ride on our huge dome, a strange stop at a black hole by Mr. Shakespeare, a talking letter with a jelly-bean universe, and a trip to Egypt to explore hieroglyphs—the origins of our letters. Don’t miss any of our out-of-this-world ABC adventures! From the aurora to the zodiac, this alphabet voyage will leave you spinning for more. Brought to you by Generac.

October 14, 2021 - February 17, 2022
Showtimes at 10:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Ocean OdysseyOcean Odyssey - Giant Film

Encounter the wonders of the southern sea! Accompany a pod of humpback whales as they embark on an underwater journey, migrating 2,000 miles from the Great Barrier Reef to their feeding grounds off Antarctica. Learn more about our global network of ocean currents that are crucial to both life in the sea and on land.


October 14, 2021 - February 17, 2022
Showtimes at 11:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.


golden retrieverSuperpower Dogs - Giant Film

A visitor-favorite returns! Join an immersive giant-screen adventure to experience the life‐saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real‐life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again! Presenting sponsor: Archie & Viola Meinerz Family Foundation


October 14, 2021 - February 17, 2022
Showtimes at 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 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 noon and 3:45 p.m.