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Address: 1401 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
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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 astronomical research before the digital age. Manually operated one can still view the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Madison, Wi
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Madison, Wi
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 .

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 here during the evening instead of visiting some of the more "tourist-y" and crowded locations... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 and time. Otherwise, it is a nice building to see while walking along the road... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Waunakee, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 hill.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 through the telescope.

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