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.

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.

Rock and Rockets

Sunday, November 13th | 3 – 5:30pm
Planetarium | FREE Event

A far-out 1960s-themed party with stars and music. The event will include fun music from the era featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations and The Supremes.

Get Blown Away | Shows at 3:15, 4 and 4:45pm
Relive the 60s with a show celebrating its culture and achievements followed by indoor stargazing and a 10-minute Q&A session. Expect space exploration, revolutions, Star Trek, James Bond, and many other iconic moments from the era. No favorite moment will go missed.

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