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.


Life of a Star

Fridays, January 13 – February 24, 2017 at 7 pm
Planetarium | $4

Stars can live for billions of years and others can explode in some of the most violent explosions in the universe, supernova. Come enjoy the story of different stars and find out the fate of our closest star, the Sun! Life of a Star will run on Fridays from January 13 through February 24 from 7:00 to 7:55 pm.


Exploring Islam: Under the Stars

Monday, March 9th, 2017 at 6pm

A celebration of Muslim identity and Muslim culture around the world as well as the significant astronomical topics pertaining to Islam illustrated through music, stargazing, and multimedia. Snacks will be provided.


Recent Blog Posts

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
A Celebration of African Culture (2/3/2017) - The pounding of drums and dancing flowed its way through the planetarium during our Celebration of African Culture event last Wednesday. The event, sponsored by the UW-Milwaukee Sociocultural Programming, Department of Africology, African Student Association, Africology Now, and UWM Black Cultural Center, took everyone on a tour of the sights, sounds and even stars of Africa.
Sam, and his brother Tony, out hiking in Northern Wisconsin. Sam Gallagher (1/27/2017) - Featured above is Sam, with his brother Tony, hiking in Northern WIsconsin.   Who is Sam? Last Spring Sam attended the planetarium for astronomy 103 and heard that Jean was looking for a new web developer. Over a year later
10 Years of Stars and Stories (1/25/2017) - Director Jean Creighton celebrated her 10th anniversary at the planetarium by honoring her staff and supporters of the planetarium at a special private event on January 21, 2016. This past Saturday, Director Creighton welcomed current and past employees and friends
The Facts of the Northern Lights (11/28/2016) - Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights, is one of the most mysterious objects in the sky. Let’s take a moment to illuminate some knowledge on the illumination.

Twisting and Shouting at the UWM Planetarium (11/14/2016) - The UWM Planetarium ended its 50th anniversary celebration with a bang at its Rock & Rockets event last Sunday. Planetarium staff member Jack Fennimore took audiences through a tour of the most enduring images and achievements of the 1960s with music videos created by himself.