Exoplanets and Ice Cream

Fridays, July 6 – 27, 7pm – 8pm
And Sunday, July 15, 2pm – 3pm

The program will focus on exploring planets outside our solar system and feature topics such as exoplanet discovery, life and survival outside of our planet, and what the future has in store as far as further innovations and ideas. The second portion of the program will include indoor stargazing which will provide an opportunity to identify constellations visible in Milwaukee with and without light pollution.

***Disclaimer: There is a chance of the show selling out so, to secure your spot, we recommend buying tickets online ahead of time or arriving 15-20 minutes early to purchase at the door. The show will begin promptly at 7:00pm and doors will be shut at MAX 5 minutes after with no entry exceptions. We don’t enjoy turning people away so please plan to arrive a few minutes early!***

Tickets cost $5 and include a tasty ice cream treat!

Buy tickets HERE!

Journey to the Stars

The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium is located on 1900 E. Kenwood Blvd. in the Physics building. With over 12,000 visitors annually, the Planetarium is a center for both astronomy education and appreciation. A variety of programs are available to the public including AstroBreaks, Friday Night Shows, and Stargazing on select evenings throughout the year. Please check out calendar below for a current list of events. We offer many types of private programs, including (but not limiting to): School Programs, Birthday Parties, and Scout Groups.

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Private Parties

We invite you and your private group to explore astronomical topics at the Manfred Olson Planetarium theater at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Private shows are for:

  • Large groups of people (more than 20), who might not fit on a Friday night show
  • Summer camps
  • Groups who would prefer to visit at a time other than Friday at 7:00 pm
  • People who are celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or other special events
  • Groups with special needs (physical, mental, behavioral disabilities)
  • Scout groups, who have special requirements for badges

If you want to request a private party reservation, please use our Plan a Trip tool.


We invite your school group to explore astronomical topics at the Manfred Olson Planetarium theater! This page provides planning information and resource materials to make the most of your visit. We appreciate your feedback!

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