Plan a Visit

The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium is located in the Physics building on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

We have reopened! See our calendar for upcoming events. We also accept private reservations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you open to the public? What kinds of shows do you do?

Due to COVID-19, our operations have changed. We are not holding in-person public events; see our calendar for upcoming virtual events. We are also accepting private reservations.

What are your hours?

We do not have set opening hours. We are open during public events and by private reservation.

How long is a show?

Our live programs, which include stargazing and questions, typically run around 60 minutes.

Where do I park?

Please note that there 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.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept checks, cash, and credit cards.

How do I purchase a membership?

You can purchase a membership online, by mail (PDF), or in person before a public show.

What is the capacity of your planetarium?

We can seat 75 people.

Are your programs appropriate for children?

Yes! We recommend that your child is 4 years or older and comfortable to sit in their own chair in the dark.

Is the planetarium wheelchair accessible?


Where is stargazing held?

On a clear night, stargazing is held on the 5th-floor observing deck of the UWM Physics building. For the schedule of dates and more information, see Stargazing.

How do I contact you?

For general inquiries, email us at Visit Contact Us for other ways to reach us.

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.