UWM Planetarium

The Manfred Olson Planetarium, located on the UWM campus, presents a variety of astronomy programs open to the public. In addition, we offer planetarium shows and activities for private groups, such as schools, scouts, and birthday celebrations.

The UWM Planetarium is open to the public during specific scheduled programs; please see the calendar to the right. Private programs for groups by appointment.


The Celestial Celebration was everything we hoped for and more. A blog post containing event photos can be found here!

You are welcome to support our mission by donating at our give page.


We have received a matching grant of $2,500! Please consider donating online here. This will help us Make our Rocket leap!


Journey to Jupiter

Wednesday through Friday, July 13 – July 22, 2016 | 7:00pm – 7:55pm
Planetarium | $5 General Admission

Take a trip to Jupiter and discover the theories behind the creation of the giant. Learn about NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter and how it hopes to give us clues on not just how Jupiter formed, but the rest of the solar system as well. Audiences will also learn about prior missions to Jupiter including Galileo, and Voyager 1 & 2. At 6 pm, prior to each show, enjoy cosmic sundaes at an ice cream social with the purchase of a ticket. The journey happens on July 13-15 and July 20-22, 2016 from 7-8 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased one hour prior to each show.

Audiences are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the program. The show includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patters such as the Big Dipper, Cygnus, and less familiar ones such as the Northern Crown & Hercules.


Recent Blog Posts

29th March 1974:  The planet Mercury, the nearest planet to the Sun, as seen from the exploratory spacecraft Mariner 10.  A photomosaic tinted to approximate the appearance of Mercury.  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) The Transit of Mercury (5/5/2016) - A free event is being hosted by the Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) faculty, staff, and students. The event will start at 8:30am, and will run until 1:45pm.

featured2 Celestial Celebration – A Night to Remember (4/27/2016) - The Celestial Celebration to honor the 50th anniversary of the UWM Planetarium was everything we hoped for and more. What an elegant occasion!
Caribbean Show 1 A Night Under the Caribbean Sky (4/14/2016) - Spring break may be over, but you can still head to the blue skies and waters of the tropics with the UWM Planetarium’s new Friday night show, A Night Under the Caribbean Sky.