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.


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!


Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun

Fridays, March 24 – May 5, 2017 at 7 pm
Planetarium | $4

Say konnichiwa to our Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun show. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking imagery of Japan through all four seasons as you learn about festivals and Japanese mythology. The show will be held in the planetarium Fridays at 7 p.m. from March 24 to May 5, 2017.

Join us for the free Spring Festival at 6 p.m. before each show. Each week offers a new set of activities including calligraphy practice, traditional Japanese games, and video skit presentations.


“The New Cosmos: Astronomy’s Big Discoveries” & “The Dark Side of Science: Total Eclipse”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7 pm
Planetarium | FREE!

Join us for two special talks by editors of Astronomy Magazine. First will be “The New Cosmos: Astronomy’s Big Discoveries” followed by a talk specifically on solar eclipses titled, “The Dark Side of Science: Total Eclipse”. The 2017 Solar Eclipse is coming quite soon and this is a great opportunity to learn all about it!


Recent Blog Posts

Meet Aragorn Quinn from an Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun (4/16/2017) - Dr. Aragorn Quinn is an assistant professor for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at UWM. He's one of the presenters for our Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun show.
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
UWM Planetarium 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
Meet Dr. Hilary K. Snow from an Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun (3/24/2017) - Who is she? Dr. Hilary K. Snow is a faculty member of the Honors College at UW-Milwaukee teaching courses on Asian studies, art history, and museums. She was the ASIANetwork/Luce Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Art History at
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
Exploring Islam Under the Stars (3/14/2017) - The Muslim Student Association and the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition co-hosted a great celebration in the UWM Planetarium on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Exploring Islam under the Stars was the final event in a series about Islam organized by the