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.
Star Show Schedule
Star Show Times through September 2!
- Sundays & Mondays | CLOSED
- Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. | The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
- Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. | Ring World
- Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. | The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
- Fridays at 3:45 p.m. | Ring World
- Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. | The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
- Saturdays at 3:45 p.m. | Ring World
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
August 2 - September 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!
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.
Through September 2 - 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!
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.