Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of shows do you do?
We offer live programs for public audiences (evening programs and some matinees) and private programs for school groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, kids’ birthday parties, and other private groups. We can customize private programs so that you get exactly what you’re looking for. 

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept checks, cash, and credit cards. For programs and memberships, we can accept payment over the phone.

How do I purchase a membership?
You can purchase a membership by filling out the Membership Enrollment Form or you can purchase one at the door before a public show. You can find more information about membership here.

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 please avoid light-up shoes.

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

What is the capacity of your planetarium?
We can seat 68 people. 

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. 

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

Where is stargazing held?
On a clear night, stargazing is held on the 5th-floor observing deck of the UWM Physics building. Take the eastern staircase or the elevator to the 4th floor and then climb one more flight of stairs. Unfortunately, the observing deck is not wheelchair accessible. If the night is not clear, stargazing will be held in the Planetarium (Physics building Room 139). 

Is the planetarium wheelchair accessible?
Yes! 

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

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

How far in advance should I book a private show?
We ask that you book at least 2 weeks in advance.

How far in advance should I pay for a private show?
We ask that you send your payment no later than 2 weeks before your private show.

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.

How long is a show?
Our live programs, which include stargazing and questions, typically run around 60 minutes. We offer shorter (such as AstroBreaks) and longer (if optional activities are added) programs.