Frequently Asked Questions

Are you open to the public? What kinds of shows do you do?
Yes! Our live, public events are open to anyone and everyone. For a full list of events see our CalendarWe also book private programs for schools, scouts, birthday parties, and more. We can customize private programs so that you get exactly what you’re looking for.

How long is a show?
Our live programs, which include stargazing and questions, typically run around 60 minutes. 

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept checks, cash, and credit cards.

How do I purchase a membership?
Fill out the Membership Enrollment Form and mail it to us with your payment, or you can purchase your membership before a public show. You can find more information about membership here

What is the capacity of your planetarium?
We can seat 75 people. 

How old should my child be to come to the planetarium?
We recommend that your child is 4 years or older. We also ask that they are comfortable to sit in their own chair in the dark.

Where are you located?
The Manfred Olson Planetarium is located inside the UW-Milwaukee Physics building at:
1900 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53211

Do you have parking?
Please note that here is no free parking on campus. Parking in the Sciences lot just west of the planetarium is $1.50 an hour. Please visit Directions and Parking for maps and more information.

Is the planetarium wheelchair accessible?

How do I contact you?
For general inquiries, email us at Visit Contact Us for other ways to reach us.

Where is stargazing held?
On a clear night, stargazing is held on the 5th-floor observing deck of the UWM Physics building. For more information, see our Stargazing page. 

Can I leave in the middle of a show?
We ask that you stay seated until the end of the show because opening the door will ruin the beautiful dark sky for the rest of the visitors. Visitors are encouraged to use the restroom in advance. 

What should I wear?
Our planetarium is indoors. We suggest that you dress in layers because sometimes the theater can be too warm or too cold. We also ask that you avoid light-up shoes.

Do you provide neck pillows?
We do not provide any additional neck support.