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.


Celebration of African Culture

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7 pm
Planetarium | FREE

Groove to the beat of African drums as we explore African culture. This lively event will combine a variety of elements such as music, song, dance as well as indoor stargazing.


Recent Blog Posts

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.
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
Nikolaus Prusinski (11/8/2016) - Who is he? This week, we are taking a look at our youngest staff member, Nikolaus Prusinski. He is currently a junior, after skipping a grade, at the St. Francis High School. Having finished his high school curriculum in two
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.
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
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.