Directions and Parking

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The Manfred Olson Planetarium is located inside the UW-Milwaukee Physics building on the corner of Kenwood Blvd and Cramer St.

1900 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53211

Find us using Mapquest or refer to the map to the right.

The UW-Milwaukee campus is located on Milwaukee’s upper east side, east of the Milwaukee River, just north of Locust Street, approximately one-quarter mile west of Lake Michigan, and just south of the city of Shorewood.

The main entrance of the Physics building is on 1900 E Kenwood Blvd. The number on the building (1964) is the year it was built, not the address. To find the planetarium, go up the steps to the main entrance, and then walk past the vending machines and the bathrooms. Continue down the hallway to the very end where you will see the planetarium doors on your right.

If you need a wheel-chair accessible entrance, use the path between the Physics building and the Engineering & Mathematical Sciences building, off Cramer Street. The entrance to Physics is on your right. Once inside the building, you will see the planetarium door immediately to your left.

View the closest parking lot information at the Transportation Services website here.


Parking

Parking can be tricky, especially when classes are in session, so please allow time to park. The closest parking lot is the Science parking lot (see map above). It is off Kenwood Boulevard, west of Maryland Avenue.

The machine accepts cash, Visa, and Mastercard. You will need your license plate number to purchase a parking ticket from one of the ticket booths, shown below, for the amount of time you expect to be parked there. You may also pay for parking with the Park Mobile smart phone app, more instructions can be found here.

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Free 1-2 hour street parking is sometimes available on Murray St. and Cramer St. (perpendicular to Kenwood) however, make sure to read the street signs for specific restrictions. Parking rules are always enforced on campus.


Driving Directions

If you are coming from the West:
Take I-94 East and merge onto I-43 North. Take exit 74 towards Locust St, merge onto N 7th St, and turn right onto Locust St. Continue on Locust St until you get to Oakland Ave and make a left; two blocks later turn right onto Kenwood Blvd. Once on Kenwood Blvd drive a block and a half; the UWM Physics building will be on your left. Continue a few more feet and on your left will be the parking lot entrance.

If you are coming from the North:
Take I-43 South. Take exit 74 towards Locust St, merge onto N 8th St, and turn left at Locust St. Continue on Locust St until you get to Oakland Ave and make a left; two blocks later turn right onto Kenwood Blvd. Once on Kenwood Blvd drive a block and a half; the UWM Physics building will be on your left. Continue a few more feet and on your left will be the parking lot entrance.

If you are coming from the South:
Take I-43 North. Take exit 74 towards Locust St, merge onto N 7th St, and turn right onto Locust St. Continue on Locust St until you get to Oakland Ave and make a left; two blocks later turn right onto Kenwood Blvd. Once on Kenwood Blvd drive a block and a half; the UWM Physics building will be on your left. Continue a few more feet and on your left will be the parking lot entrance.