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Washburn Observatory

1401 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1209
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Another delightful and historical Madison treasure

This is one of the largest telescopes in the world over a hundred years old, and vital in... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Madison, Wi
History & Astronomy

This is one of the gems of the UW campus - tours are comprehensive and viewings are extremely... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 Oct 2016
“Another delightful and historical Madison treasure”
11 Oct 2016
“History & Astronomy”
1401 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1209
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is one of the largest telescopes in the world over a hundred years old, and vital in astronomical research before the digital age. Manually operated one can still view the vast outer space and planets more than a billion miles away .

Thank JohnboyMadison_Wi
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is one of the gems of the UW campus - tours are comprehensive and viewings are extremely interesting. The building has been preserved well, and WO's reading room has a wide collection of theses from the UW Honors Program. I would highly recommend visiting...More

Thank aPilot98
Reviewed 20 September 2016

The Washburn Observatory is located on top of the hill on Observatory Drive in the University of Wisconsin. It is still housing a telescope to see the far view and the sky. If you want to see the sky via the telescope, check the dates...More

Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We took teen girls to check out some cool views, great experience. We got to see Jupiter's Stars, Saturn and the moon. They provided a lot of history and answered questions. Historical and hands on.

Thank SunBound
Reviewed 24 June 2016

We went on a tour this spring. Every Wednesday night in the summer after 10 pm, the public can go look through the telescope. Star gazing at its best!

Thank Comelona10
Reviewed 8 February 2016

A chance to see the heavens with a knowledgable guide. Check listings for when it is open and head that direction if the sky is clear!

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We didn't go inside but the building is neat and the view from the top of the hill is awesome. It is a cute area and worth a walk around to check out the scenery. There are some parking spots right in front of the...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 11 June 2013 via mobile

It's all ages so the grad student leaders of the events do a great job teaching and answering any questions. It's a really cool, old telescope! It often gets crowded but the leaders are very patient and make sure everybody gets a chance to look...More

Thank K-carp2012
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