Star Show Schedule

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The Barlow Planetarium offers public programming. Family shows are geared for the young and young-at-heart. Feature shows are geared for the older student or adult that already has an established interested in astronomy. Wisconsin Skies is for the visitor that wants to get the most current and in-depth astronomy information possible. Each show ends with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Special Solar Eclipse Preview Programs

Wisconsin Skies:  2017 Solar Eclipse

7:00 p.m. on July 1 & July 29 - Buy Tickets Now!

SPECIAL FAMILY NIGHT SHOWINGS!  Learn about the latest developments in astronomy and space.  Special attention for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Star Show Schedule

 Star Show Times through June 30!

Star Show Times through June 30!

Admission Prices

  • Barlow members: Free
  • Adults: $8
  • Students (age 13-18): $7
  • College students (with ID): $7
  • Children (age 3-12): $6
  • Seniors (age 60+): $6

Eligible Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) Passport Members

ASTC Passport Program restrictions:

  1. Based on your science center’s or museum’s location: Science centers/museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the Travel Passport Program unless that exclusion is lifted by mutual agreement. Click for a list of eligible institutions.
  2. Based on residence: To receive Travel Passport Program benefits, you must live more than 90 miles away from the center/museum you wish to visit. Admissions staff reserve the right to request proof of residence for benefits to apply. Science centers and museums requesting proof of residence are marked by checking IDs.

Feature Shows (Grade 5 & Above)

For visitors who have an established interest in astronomy and space, the Barlow Planetarium presents feature shows on astronomy and space topics.

The Planets

Through July 29 - Buy Tickets Now!

Take a tour of our own planetary neighborhood that includes the latest and most up-to-date information about the Solar System. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Janeway of Star Trek:  Voyager, The Planets explores the formation of the solar system, visits each of Earth’s sister planets to uncover the varied worlds that circle the Sun. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Ring World

Starting August 2 - Buy Tickets Now!

After a nearly 2 decade mission, Cassini  will officially end its mission at Saturn on September 15!  The planet Saturn has long fascinated all those who have looked through a telescope to see its beautiful rings. But telescopes just are not good enough! The NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens space probe has arrived at Saturn and is conducting experiments and collecting data as you read this. Learn about the capabilities of the Cassini-Huygens probe and be updated with the latest images and data. This exciting NASA-produced adventure is narrated by John Billingsley of Star Trek - Enterprise!  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Closed for Maintenance!

September 3-23

Family Shows (Grade 4 & Below)

For the visitors that are young and young-at-heart looking for a light, fun and educational astronomy experience, the Barlow Planetarium presents family shows on astronomy.

Larry Cat in Space

Through June 29 - Buy Tickets Now!

Larry Cat In Space is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon to be reunited with his astronaut owner.  This fun and educating program is a hit with both children, parents and anyone who wants to learn a more about the Moon.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Starting July 1 - Buy Tickets Now!

Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the Solar System.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Closed for Maintenance!

September 3-23

Family Laser Shows (All Ages)

Family friendly music laser shows. Each show begins with a tour to the current nighttime sky as seen from Northeast Wisconsin.

Family Laser Shows Will Return on October 5!