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.


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.


Lei Under the Stars: A Hawaiian Escape

March 15, 16, and 17, 2017 at 7pm | $5

Want to escape to the breathtaking beaches, rainforests and volcanoes of Hawaii for spring break without leaving home? Then head to our special event, Lei Under the Stars: A Hawaiian Escape. Explore the rich culture and geography of the islands through music, tropical flowers, multimedia, indoor stargazing, and non-alcoholic drinks.


Recent Blog Posts

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
Stars and Sci-fi (3/9/2017) - As part of UW-Milwaukee's Geek Week 2017, the UWM Planetarium got to geek out over iconic science fiction moments with Stars and Sci-fi.
Life of a Star (2/27/2017) - Ten years after Director Jean Creighton started her first show at the planetarium with Life of Stars, she brought it full circle with of Life of a Star. Both shows went over the beginning to the end of a star’s
Charo Martin-Kingsby (2/23/2017) - Charo was the longest running staff member at the Manfred Olson Planetarium for the last four years. She worked simultaneously at the planetarium and as a manager at Teavana but her passion for the stars never faltered.
Cupid’s Constellation (2/15/2017) - This year marked the second anniversary of our Cupid’s Constellation show with the debut performance of planetarium staff member Madeline Jordan. As couples seated in the planetarium they were welcomed with a special preview of Uniview from Sam Gallagher before
Madeline Jordan (2/9/2017) - Who is she? Madeline has been working at the planetarium for almost two years now. She is a mechanical engineer student in her second year at UWM and works the Stargazing events and special events at the planetarium on the