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.

If you would like to register for the FREE performance on Sunday, October 23rd from 2:30 – 3:30 at the UWM Planetarium please follow this link. Click here for more information about this event

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

Northern Lights

Fridays, November 4 – December 16, 2016 | 7 – 8pm
Planetarium | $4 General Admission

Enjoy the radiance of the night sky in Northern Lights, the UWM Planetarium’s newest show. See colorful displays of dancing lights as Director Jean Creighton gives an in depth scientific look on how the aurora borealis happens.

The show includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patterns such as the Big Dipper and less familiar patterns such as Leo the Lion and Virgo. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the program.

Recent Blog Posts

screenshot-2016-10-11-at-2-29-05-pm Flying through Space (10/11/2016) - Imagine flying through space. Whizzing past planets, moons, stars, and even galaxies. This isn’t something that we can normally do, but with a little technology we can see what it would be like. Last week at our Astrobreak we premiered
Stars and S'mores Another Year, S’more Stars (9/9/2016) - Last week we hosted one of our favorite yearly events, Stars and S’mores. This year we tried something new by incorporating a t-shirt tie-dye event where anyone could come dye a special Planetarium 50th anniversary t-shirt with all the colors of the galaxy!
Odyssey under the Stars Odyssey under the Stars (8/16/2016) - Theatre and the stars align in this performance of stories from Homer’s The Odyssey that have celestial connections. The event will showcase many of the constellations mentioned in this captivating epic.