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: November 28 - December 22
- Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays | CLOSED
- Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. | Perseus & Andromeda
- Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. | Laser Holidays
- Fridays at 3:45 p.m. | 'Tis the Season
- Saturdays at 1:15 pm | Perseus & Andromeda
- Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. | Laser Holidays
- Saturdays at 3:45 p.m. | 'Tis the Season
Star Show Times: Christmas Week - December 26-29
December Family Astronomy Night
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Star Show Admission
- Barlow Members: FREE
- Adults (age 18+): $8
- Students (age 13-17): $7
- College students (with ID): $7
- Children (age 3-12): $6
- Seniors (age 60+): $6
- Multi-show discounts are available
- Group discounts are available
- Free (1 show per day) for eligible Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) passport members!
ASTC Pass Program Restrictions
- 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 (Check IDs).
- 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.
FEATURE STAR SHOWS (Grade 5 & Above)
For visitors who have an established interest in astronomy and space. . .
November 23 - December 29 - Buy 'Tis the Season Tickets!
Discover the astronomical significance of this most joyous time of the year that concludes with possible explanation for the most famous star in Christianity - the Star of Bethlehem. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.
January 4-26 - Buy More Than Meets the Eye Tickets!
More Than Meets The Eye uses original and scientifically-accurate space artwork to depict the planets and deep-sky objects as people can actually expect to see them with and without various instruments. Throughout the program, audiences experience the joys of night-sky observing using the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes. The show also compares the views from the backyard with observatory and spacecraft images. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.
FAMILY STAR SHOWS (Grade 4 & Below)
A light, fun and educational astronomy experience for the visitors that are young and young-at-heart . . .
November 23 - December 29 - Buy Perseus & Andromeda Tickets
Although this epic tale, which has been handed down for generations by talented storytellers, has been popularized in film numerous times - Clash of the Titans twice and Percy Jackson - the Barlow adds a new twist by telling the story under a perfect starry sky using lasers. Watch as laser light brings each of the characters of the mythological story to life. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.
January 2-26 - Buy Orion Tickets
Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure. Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.
FAMILY LASER SHOWS (All Ages)
A fun, entertained and educational laser experience for the visitors all all ages . . .
November 23 - December 29 - Buy Laser Holidays Tickets
An exciting and different way to be festive during the Holiday season! Laser Holidays is a fun experience for everyone and gives new meaning to the term “holiday lights” – holiday LASER lights! FEATURING: Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson / Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky / Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives / Winter Wonderland by the Eurythmics / Deck the Halls by the Philharmonic Orchestra / Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis / White Christmas by Bing Crosby / Christmastime by the Smashing Pumpkins / Oiche Chiun/Silent Night by Enya / Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Ronnie Spector/Darlene Love / Frosty the Snowman by the Cocteau Twins / Carol of the Bells by David Foster / The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole / All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey / We Wish You A Merry Christmas by James Galway.
January 3-26 - Buy Laser Beatles Tickets
The greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band of all time! Laser Beatles will take you back to a different time in history to re-experience and remember the evolution of this musical phenomenon. The “Fab Four’s” best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation. Featuring: Magical Mystery Tour / I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Twist & Shout / A Hard Day’s Night / Nowhere Man / Help! / Yesterday / Octopus’ Garden / Revolution / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / A Day In The Life.
Star Show Times: January 2-26
- Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays | CLOSED
- Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. | Orion
- Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. | Laser Beatles
- Fridays at 3:45 p.m. | More Than Meets the Eye
- Saturdays at 1:15 pm | Orion
- Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. | Laser Beatles
- Saturdays at 3:45 p.m. | More Than Meets the Eye
January Family Astronomy Night
Saturday, January 22, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.