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!


The Sun’s Disappearing Act

July 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 17, 18
7:00 – 8:00 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 and science. 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.

You can purchase tickets in advance here.*

*Online tickets not claimed at ticket desk by 6:55 p.m. are subject to be sold to those at the door.


UWM Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UWM Campus | Free

Everyone is invited to come to the NASA-sponsored viewing event of the partial solar eclipse. Special viewing glasses will be available for purchase for safely seeing the solar eclipse. Enjoy live music from The Belle Weathers; a raffle with cash and gift certificate prizes; food and beverages from Meat on the Street (for purchase); lawn games; a bounce house; and more. Bring your own picnic materials and games. A $5 donation is suggested. The celebration will be held on the UWM campus next to the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC) on 3135 N. Maryland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211.

Also see our theatrical production, The Sun’s Disappearing Act, exploring the science, history, and culture of solar eclipses. The show will be playing at 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the day of the eclipse around the peak at 1:28 p.m.


Recent Blog Posts

Planetarium Director Jean Creighton Honored for Astronomical Accomplishments (6/27/2017) - The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recognized her efforts with the 2017 Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award during its meeting in Milwaukee on June 9.
The Seasons of Japan (5/31/2017) - The Spring Festival this year celebration was stellar! It began with volunteer students from the Japanese program staffing tables with calligraphy, origami, kimonos, computer games, rice balls, and other delicious snacks. One of the pre-show highlights was an APOP performance
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
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