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Welcome to the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium. The Jordan Planetarium has a lot to offer the visiting classroom or family, with a continually changing line-up of Family Star Shows or private showings for parties and field trips. At the low cost of $3.00 per person for public shows or the greater of $75.00 or $3.00 per person for private showings, the planetarium is the perfect spot for field trips, space based parties, or any other occasion. Call us at (207) 581-1341 to schedule your visit, or go to the Missions page for more information about going on a trip to the stars with the Jordan Planetarium.

Maynard F. Jordan

The Jordan Planetarium was named in honor of astronomy professor emeritus Maynard F. Jordan, who taught at the University of Maine for thirty-five years, and was the first director of the planetarium. His daughter and her husband, the Whitehouses, gave generous donations to the Planetarium and Observatory in his honor. Click here to learn more about our namesake’s life and career.

Planetarium Tour

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Jordan Planetarium

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Planetarium History

The Jordan Planetarium was built in 1954, and for many years was run solely by student volunteers. Click here to read about the history of the Jordan Planetarium

Gift Shop

The Jordan Planetarium Gift Shop is operated out of the Planetarium office, and is usually opened after each show. All items offered at the Planetarium Gift Shop are displayed in a glass case in the lobby; to purchase an item, simply note its name and price from the glass case and ask the attendant at the office for assistance. Visit the Gift Shop page for a complete list of items and prices.





Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! Meet the people who create, schedule and perform the Star Shows, run, and keep the Jordan Planetarium up and running.


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Contact | Star Shows | Public Shows | Field Trips | UMaine | Observatory

Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5781
Phone: (207) 581-1341, Director: Alan Davenport