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.
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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.
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July 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 17, 18
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Planetarium | $5
In celebration for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, we have been producing a live performance about how cultures around the world have interpreted eclipses and have been at the root of turning points in history and science. Since these ancient civilizations, we have come quite far in our understanding of these events. Come learn how we understand eclipses today, and how you can watch this year’s eclipse safely and enjoyably.
You can purchase tickets in advance here.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UWM Campus | Free
Everyone is invited to come to the NASA-sponsored viewing event of the partial solar eclipse. Special viewing glasses will be available for purchase for safely seeing the solar eclipse. Enjoy live music from The Belle Weathers; a raffle with cash and gift certificate prizes; food and beverages from Meat on the Street (for purchase); lawn games; a bounce house; and more. Bring your own picnic materials and games. A $5 donation is suggested. The celebration will be held on the UWM campus next to the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC) on 3135 N. Maryland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211.
Also see our theatrical production, The Sun’s Disappearing Act, exploring the science, history, and culture of solar eclipses. The show will be playing at 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the day of the eclipse around the peak at 1:28 p.m.