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Address: 1478 Midway Rd, Menasha, WI 54952-1224
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+1 920-832-2848
14:00 - 16:00
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The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley opened to...

The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley opened to the public on March 20, 1998.This is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround sound.The Barlow Planetarium has a 48-foot projection dome and seats 98 people, with four additional spaces for wheelchair access.An Evans and Sutherland Digistar II® star projector recreates a realistic night sky and 3-D effects which pull the audience into a virtual world.Interactive keypads at each seat allow audiences to get involved in performances.Cutting-edge Sky Skan® video projection and automation systems make this planetarium state-of-the-art.

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Beatles laser show

the laser show was great. the gentleman who showed us the sky before the show and explained what planets we could see and where their location in the sky at different times was... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2017
West Bend, Wisconsin
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

the laser show was great. the gentleman who showed us the sky before the show and explained what planets we could see and where their location in the sky at different times was really educational. great place for adults and children.

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Planetarium show in the evening is amazing to see. The constellations are right over head and there's a light show with music. Wonderful to gaze upon, entertaining and educational at the same time. Nothing like the night stars. When viewing the star show, make time to visit the Gem Shop in the same area. Many beautiful rocks and minerals... More 

Thank smithwigram2
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

A VERY Unique activity .. Truly Enjoyed . Check out their facebook page.. SO Cool to do something Different b4 Halloween with a 6 yr old !

Thank DeLylla
Menasha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

A wonderful view of space and stars. The guide was an excellent presenter and the presentation was informative

Thank Dawn S
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

A wonderful place to go with family or friends or even alone and check out the stars....very comfortable and very interesting... a place you would want to keep on going to.

Thank PattiJani
Cascade, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

We took our 7, 9 and 10 year-old granddaughters to see the featured Family Show, Larry Cat in Space. They enjoyed the cartoon about a cat who goes to the Moon. The cartoon was a little short on facts, but entertaining. After the cartoon, the narrator took us on a tour of the local current sky. {That night we were... More 

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

I've never seen a laser show before this one... My boyfriend and I saw the pink Floyd double feature. We loved it! And the laser shows only run from October-January, so now we have something to look forward to sitting our long winters. Will definitely be going again.

Thank Rachel M
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

I absolutely love the planetarium! It's a great activity for dates, friend outings, families and school trips. The Wisconsin Skies show is my absolute favorite. It's an well-put together show and I highly recommend!

Thank cjm920
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

Great show. Easy parking. Nice lobby. Great guy running the show. Only 2 show times on weekends and 1 show during the week. Plan your arrival time. In the same building as Weiss Rock Museum.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

My husband and I got a Groupon for a show at the planetarium and chose to see one of the Pink Floyd laser shows. It was a good experience. The planetarium is not huge, but the show was well put together and kept our attention :) We would go back to see another laser show.

1 Thank little_rigger

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