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.

Planetarium Members get unlimited access to all shows along with invitations to special members only events! Plans start as low as $15/year. Check them out here.


Colors of the Cosmos

Fridays, November 3 – December 15 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sundays, November 26 & December 3 @ 2:00 p.m.
Planetarium | $5

Eventbrite - Colors of the Cosmos

Most objects that we see outside of Earth are dim—devoid of color and texture. In between the void, the small dots of planets, stars and nebulae seem mostly colorless to the naked eye, but when seen with modern telescopes they become colorful gems in the sky. Join us as we explore the electromagnetic spectrum to bring out the true colors of the universe. This show is appropriate for anyone ages 4 and older!


Music by the Light of the Stars

Sunday, November 19 @ 2:00 p.m.
Planetarium | $5

Eventbrite - Music by the Light of the Stars

The UWM Collegium Musicum invites you to travel back in time to hear the music of 500 years ago, played by an ensemble of recorders (from small to very large) and lute. Building from music found in the Capirola lute book, a lavishly illustrated manuscript from ca. 1517, this program features arrangements of songs, dances, and sacred pieces by Josquin Desprez, Hayne van Ghizeghem, Bartolomeo Tromboncino, and other composers of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.


Celestial Realm: The Ancient Egyptian Sky

Wednesday, November 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
Planetarium | $5

Eventbrite - Celestial Realm: The Ancient Egyptian Sky

Experience Ancient Egypt under the stars as we explore their interpretations of the cosmos. Egypt structured a civilization around astronomy which centered on their gods, pharaohs, and traditions to create a vision of the night sky.


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