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.


The Celestial Celebration was everything we hoped for and more. A blog post containing event photos can be found here!

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Nightmares in the Sky

Fridays, September 9 – October 14, 2016 | 7:00pm – 7:55pm & 8:15pm – 9:15pm
Planetarium | $4 General Admission

The fall sky gives us a chance to tell the dark and wondrous stories about the infamous creatures of Greek mythology and the heroes that defeated them. Hosted by Director Jean Creighton, enjoy a night filled with the stories of Medusa, Perseus and more along with their places in the sky. This show will run every Friday night from September 9 through October 14, 2016. Times will be 7-7:55pm for the spooky show and from 8:15-9:10pm for a very spooky show (16+). The audience is encouraged to ask questions they have at the end of the program.

After learning about all the terrors of Greek mythology in the night sky, search for them in the indoor stargazing portion of our show. Find different constellations such as the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, Perseus, and Hydra. First see the stars as you would right here in Milwaukee, then leave the city light pollution and see the stars as they are meant to out in the country. Guests are always encouraged to ask any questions they have at the end of the program.


Recent Blog Posts

Slack for iOS Upload (1) Tossing planets at the State Fair (8/15/2016) - Everyone celebrated at the Wisconsin State Fair Sunday, August 7. It was a day filled with games, prizes and cream puffs. Kids were learning about their future careers, freshwater sciences and stars.
img_0652 We’ve made it to Jupiter! (7/26/2016) - Celebrating NASA’s spacecraft Juno, the probe that just finished its long trip to Jupiter, the UWM planetarium is giving a show all about our Solar System’s largest gas giant.

29th March 1974:  The planet Mercury, the nearest planet to the Sun, as seen from the exploratory spacecraft Mariner 10.  A photomosaic tinted to approximate the appearance of Mercury.  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) The Transit of Mercury (5/5/2016) - A free event is being hosted by the Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) faculty, staff, and students. The event will start at 8:30am, and will run until 1:45pm.