Planetarium Shows

The Hurst Planetarium at Ella Sharp Museum

This magical planetarium is managed by the Ella Sharp Museum. Public astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year with a new state-of-the art OmniStar projector. The Planetarium offers shows featuring a live presentation of the stars, virtual night sky tours, private planetarium events and shows, night sky observing programs, and is a virtual classroom resource for parents and educations and scouting groups.

Featured Events & Programming

Did an Astroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

Multiple Showings in January

Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore the impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic new show. Include footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy.

Stargazers of Africa & Keeping Time with the Night Sky

February 4

This is an hour long event sponsored by Jackson College. The first half will be a presentation on how people used the night sky to keep time before calendars and clocks, while the second half will be a showing of Milwaukee Public Museum’s Stargazers of Africa. This is a first come first served event up to 50 people.

Space Tonight

Multiple Showings in February

Space Tonight is an informational mash up of big astronomy news, events, and education. Show content changes monthly, so be sure to check it out every month!

Stargazers of Africa

Multiple Showings in February

This show is a fantastical tell of the African night sky. When you think of astronomy, you might think of Orion the hunter or the story of Andromeda. However, did you know that other cultures have their own constellation and stories for the night sky? The night sky inspires us all and the different ways that we interpret it are fascinating.

In-Person Private Shows

Date & Time By Request

Look no further for a unique personalized experience through time and space. The Hurst Planetarium is available for private shows for your family, friends, club or classroom. We can show you the night sky from any place and time on Earth, travel throughout the solar system, or visit the edge of the observable universe! A Hurst Planetarium show is perfect for a one-of-a-kind family event, classroom program, special date night, anniversary gift, and more!   Call to make a reservation!