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.
You are welcome to support our mission by donating at our give page.
Planetarium Members get unlimited access to all shows along with invitations to special members only events! Plans start as low as $15/year. Check them out here.
Click here for our 2016 Report!
The Sun’s Disappearing Act
July 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 17, 18
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Planetarium | $5
In celebration for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, we have been producing a live performance about how cultures around the world have interpreted eclipses and have been at the root of turning points in history. Since these ancient civilizations, we have come quite far in our understanding of these events. Come learn how we understand eclipses today, and how you can watch this year’s eclipse safely and enjoyably.
Recent Blog Posts
Astronomy Magazine Editors speak at Manfred Olson Planetarium (5/17/2017) - Astronomy Magazine’s David Eicher and Michael Bakich spoke at the UWM Planetarium on Wednesday evening, May 10, 2017, to an enthusiastic crowd. Editor-in-Chief David’s talk, “The New Cosmos: Astronomy’s Big Discoveries” offered a glance into the biggest developments in the Astrophotography for Beginners (4/13/2017) - Ever wanted to take a picture of the stars? Did you try and it didn’t turn out so well? Astrophotography expert Dennis Roscoe will be at the planetarium on April 26 from 7 – 8 p.m to show what it 2016 Report (4/13/2017) - Our 2016 report is now available on our website and features highlights from Jean’s milestone 10th year as director. A soft copy of the report was available to a select few when we had our 10 Years of Stars and Melissa Sears (3/23/2017) - Melissa Sears is the girl behind the camera and our social media. Although she may be quiet during meetings and in crowds, her amazing personality shines through any time she’s comfortable with you: just be prepared for snarky comments. Our Lei with the Stars (3/18/2017) - We celebrated Spring Break a week early as we drank our POG with umbrellas and wore flowers in our hair. Inside the planetarium dome, we traveled from Milwaukee to Hawaii and back. The trip included videos curated of dancers, surfers, and