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.
Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun
Fridays, March 24 – May 5, 2017 at 7 pm
Planetarium | $4
Say konnichiwa to our Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun show. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking imagery of Japan through all four seasons as you learn about festivals and Japanese mythology. The show will be held in the planetarium Fridays at 7 p.m. from March 24 to May 5, 2017.
Join us for the free Spring Festival at 6 p.m. before each show. Each week offers a new set of activities including calligraphy practice, traditional Japanese games, and video skit presentations.
Exploring Islam: Under the Stars
Monday, March 9th, 2017 at 6pm | FREE!
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
Life of a Star (2/27/2017) - Ten years after Director Jean Creighton started her first show at the planetarium with Life of Stars, she brought it full circle with of Life of a Star. Both shows went over the beginning to the end of a star’s Charo Martin-Kingsby (2/23/2017) - Charo was the longest running staff member at the Manfred Olson Planetarium for the last four years. She worked simultaneously at the planetarium and as a manager at Teavana but her passion for the stars never faltered. 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 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