3 must-visit planetariums around Milwaukee

The National Geographic Dome Theater & Daniel M. Soref Planetarium

800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

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UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium

1900 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 229-4961


The Manfred Olson Planetarium, located on the UWM campus, boasts an optomechanical projector, LED cove lights, constellation projectors, and four digital projectors that project the galaxy, the Milky Way, and more on the Planetarium’s 30-foot dome.

Families can take advantage of affordable Friday Night Movies, free AstroBreak shows on Wednesdays, and free stargazing on the roof, complete with telescopes and hot cocoa.

Retzer Nature Center Planetarium

S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188

(262) 896-8007


The 40 ft. dome shaped ceiling in the Charles Horwitz Planetarium recreates the day or night sky by projecting images of the stars, planets, the sun, and the moon. The special star projector can be set to show the sky for any date, time, or latitude. You’ll be able to see 2,500 stars fill the sky, along with digital video and sound. The planetarium offers year-round public shows and occasional Sky Watch events. Check their website for the most up-to-date schedule.

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Milwaukee Astronomical Society

18850 W. Observatory Rd., New Berlin, WI 53146


The Milwaukee Astronomical Society owns three acres in New Berlin and features several observatory domes and telescopes, all built by its members. They offer public viewing nights during the warmer months, during which visitors can enjoy a tour of the grounds, a presentation on an astronomy topic, and a chance to use the telescopes.

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