Two educational all-ages attractions on the Fox Cities campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are now available together for the price of one single admission.
Visitors who purchase admission to the Barlow Planetarium are allowed entrance to the nearby Weis Earth Science Museum at no extra cost. Those catching a matinee planetarium show, for instance, can visit the museum after. Or those visiting for a later star show can browse the museum’s exhibits before heading into the planetarium.
The Barlow Planetarium is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, featuring both star and laser shows. The full summer schedule is available at the planetarium website. The summer slate includes the return of weekend rock laser shows—featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Queen—and Barlow Family Astronomy Nights on July 17 and Aug. 14.
The Weis Earth Science Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
The Weis permanent exhibits include a fossil gallery and a collection on minerals and mines. A temporary exhibit on display now includes special cases devoted to mineral spheres from around the world, a fluorite collection from classic Illinois localities and samplings from other newly acquired mineral collections.
The Barlow is now under the interim direction of Tom Frantz, with a search for a permanent director planned for the upcoming academic year. The previous director, Alan Peche, died last month. A celebration of life is planned for later this month. Frantz will continue as executive director of the UW Fox Cities Foundation while overseeing the Barlow.
Both the planetarium and museum are located on the Fox Cities campus of UW Oshkosh, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha.