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Manfred Olson Planetarium, Milwaukee

#16 of 16 in Museums in Milwaukee
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The UWM Planetarium was constructed in 1966 and named after Manfred Olson (1905-1966), a physics professor at the university from 1931 to 1963. Olson worked at the University of Chicago in 1943, and from 1947 to 1949 was a senior physicist at Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he worked on Geiger counter systems. After retiring from UWM, he became the Planetarium Director and part-time lecturer in the physics department.

Jean Creighton is the current director. She was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved as a child to Athens, Greece. Creighton obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Athens-Greece. She crossed the Atlantic again to earn a degree in astronomy from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Waterloo. In addition, Creighton did infrared satellite research at the California Institute of Technology from 1998-1999 before coming to Milwaukee to teach astronomy. Creighton became the Planetarium director in January 2007, and in the past four years she has organized approximately a thousand shows and special events.
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  • The showing is great and the staff become narrating actors which comedy and as they describe the starts . Great place to visit  more »
  • The Planetarium has shows on Friday nights. This was my first time attending one of their shows. The staff are friendly and professional. There are reclining chairs so you can look up in the room and....  more »
  • My wife and I have enjoyed the handful of shows that we've made it to. We only wish they advertised better so that we were more in tune with their semester schedules! The shows are a bit lacking as they are usually just pictures while someone talks, but they work with what resources they have (in what is quite a little planetarium). The stargazing portions are in fact amazing, seeing the stars and finding the constellations is always fun. Definitely worth the few dollars it costs for 30+min show they put on.
  • Went there for a friend's anniversary. Great idea for when your circle consists of a lot of families with kids of the right age. Our presenter kept the kid's attention while she got the parents engaged as well. Had some classrooms open for some refreshments.

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