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.


We will be open this Friday for our current show Northern Lights!


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 Pegasus and Taurus. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the program.


Holiday Sing-Along

Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 2 – 3pm
Planetarium | $3 General Admission

Add your voices to the UWM Collegium Musicum, directed by Tim Sterner Miller, as they perform some familiar and less familiar seasonal music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance on period instruments. As part of our “Music Under the Stars” series, UWM Planetarium director Jean Creighton will provide a guided tour of stars and constellations in the winter sky.


Recent Blog Posts

Credits: Sebastian Saarloos 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.

jack-in-planetarium_stars 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.
Credits: Sebastian Saarloos Northern Lights Myths (11/14/2016) - Lore lies in the night sky. Stars form constellations that tell stories about who we were and who we may be. The Northern Lights affect us in the same way, with myths and legends that helped form morals and the
Nik bio pic Nikolaus Prusinski (11/8/2016) - Who is he? This week, we are taking a look at our youngest staff member, Nikolaus Prusinski. At 15, Nik has more resume grade experience than most undergrads. He is currently a junior, after skipping a grade, at the St.
Crying Girl (1964) - Roy Lichtenstein The Life and Times of the 1960s (11/7/2016) - Everybody seems to be talking about the return of the 1990s. Everywhere you go, you see reboots and people just acting nostalgic about the decade. But while the 90s are great, everyone knows that the 1960s is where it’s at.
odyssey_robin An Odyssey of a Show (11/4/2016) - October 23rd marked the end of the Wisconsin Science Festival with two performances of Odyssey Under the Stars. The show, which had one of the highest attendances of the festival, was a storytelling event that took the audience back to
13233113_10207960695314201_8206875882587495280_n Director Jean Creighton (11/1/2016) - Why Do You Do What You Do? I have always been inspired by how the cosmos work – the nitty gritty of how it all functions. Not everybody shares that passion but everybody enjoys the beauty of the night sky.