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!


Splendor of the Solar System

June 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 7, 14
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Planetarium | $5

Witness the immense beauty of our very own solar system with Splendor of the Solar System at the UWM Planetarium on June 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7, 14. Our entirely live and interactive production will take you on a tour of the solar system using the innovative Uniview program. Learn how the planets came to be and see powerful storms and planets up close. We will also go beyond the solar system with a view of the entire observable universe. Then we’ll finish with an indoor stargazing session and look for constellations including Leo, Hercules, and Virgo away from city lights.


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

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
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