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Sharing the Wonders of the Universe!

Serving Northeast Wisconsin For Over Two Decades


  • Celebrate National Astronomy Day at the Barlow! Activities and shows in the afternoon!
  • Then, stick around for our next Family Astronomy Night in the evening! See more HERE.

The Barlow Planetarium Next Generation

After 25 years of constant use, our equipment is running down and we need to upgrade. Help the Barlow get the funds needed to keep us going.


Show Schedules:

Address: 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952 | Phone: (920) 832-2848 | Box Office Hours: Wed-Fri 2–4:00 p.m., Sat 12:30-4:00 p.m. and 1/2 hour prior to evening shows

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Experience the wonders of the universe FREE for a full year!

Host an Event at the Barlow 

We welcome birthdays, parties, fundraisers and more!


at the Barlow Planetarium

Field Trips

Bring a K-12 class to the Barlow for an interactive and educational planetarium experience.


Participate in one of our interactive astronomical demo experiences without leaving your school!


Earn merit badges in Astronomy or Space Exploration through one of our unique program offerings.

Space Academy

Build a rocket or discover celestial objects at our Wisconsin Astronomy and Space Academy.


Learn more about astronomy, star patterns, the ISS, and weather in space.

The Barlow Planetarium at the UW-Oshkosh Fox Cities Campus, the first major planetarium in the state of Wisconsin, opened to the public on March 20, 1998. The 48-foot diameter projection dome with seating for 98 (in addition to 4 wheelchair accessible spaces) is powered by an Evans and Sutherland Digistar II®, cutting-edge video projection and automation technology.

The Barlow, at the time of its opening, was considered among the most state-of-the-art planetariums in the United States. Today, the Barlow is the second largest and second most attended planetarium in Wisconsin. The Barlow serves approximately 35,000 visitors annually from Northeast Wisconsin including the communities of seven UW System facilities: UW-Oshkosh, UW-Oshkosh Fox Cities Campus, UW-Oshkosh Fond du Lac Campus, UW-Green Bay, UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus, UW-Green Bay Marinette Campus and UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus.  Recently the Barlow has been getting visitors from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Stevens Point.

The Barlow ranks with the busiest university stand-alone planetariums in the Midwest.  In the United States, only the planetariums of large flagship universities surpass Barlow’s attendance and revenue.

Barlow Planetarium

Star Show Schedule: 920-832-2858

Laser Show Schedule: 920-832-2871

Main Line: 920-832-2848

1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952



Contact Us

Teri Gee
Barlow Planetarium Director

Ty Westbrook
Barlow Planetarium Outreach Specialist

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Box Office Hours

Wed–Fri:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sat:  12:30 - 4 p.m.
Evening shows:  30 Minutes Prior to First Program