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Barlow Planetarium and Weis Earth Science Museum team up for two-for-one admission

Two educational attractions for all ages on the Fox Cities campus at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are now available together for the price of one admission.

Visitors who purchase admission to the Barlow Planetarium are permitted entry to the nearby Weis Earth Science Museum at no additional cost. Those attending a matinee planetarium show, for example, can visit the museum afterwards. Or those visiting a star show later can peruse the museum’s exhibits before heading to the planetarium.

The Barlow Planetarium is open Tuesday through Saturday, with star and laser shows. The complete summer schedule is available on the planetarium website. Summer programming includes the return of the weekend Laser Rock Shows – featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Queen – and the Barlow Family Astronomy Nights on July 17 and August 14.

Planetarium tickets are available for purchase online only.

The Weis Earth Science Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday. The hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Weis’ permanent exhibits include a fossil gallery and a minerals and mining collection. A temporary exhibit on display now includes special display cases devoted to mineral spheres from around the world, a collection of fluorite from classic localities in Illinois, and samples of other newly acquired mineral collections.

The Barlow is now under the interim management of Tom Frantz, with a search for a permanent manager planned for the coming academic year. Former manager 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.

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