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UW Space Place
UW Space Place is the outreach and public education center of UW-Madison's Department of Astronomy. Exhibits and displays illustrate Wisconsin's astronomical research, on the ground and in space, of the past 130 years. Space Place offers astronomical and space science programs for the general public, appointments for group visits, and programs for special astronomical events. See our web site for more information or call us.
Call 608-262-4779. Web:
2300 S Park Street, Madison, Dane County.
Alexander House
Museum of local history and art. Open Sun, Tue & Thu 1 to 4 pm.
Call 715-887-3442.
1131 Wisconsin River Dr, Port Edwards, Wood County.
American UFO and Sci-Fi Museum
Star Wars, Aliens, Roswell, Area 51.
Call 608-253-5055.
Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County.
Berlin Museum of Local History
The Berlin Historical Society also has a one room schoolhouse in Riverside Park, Berlin, and can be contacted using the same phone number.
Call 920-361-2460.
111 S Adams Ave, Berlin, Green Lake County.
Central Wisconsin Children's Museum
The Central Wisconsin Children's Museum is a non-profit family-based discovery place where children and adults play and explore together to strengthen confidence, capabilities and creativity through hands-on investigation. Museum hours are Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am 4:00 pm, Thursday 9:00 am 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm 4:00 pm. All-day admission is $3 per person, children under 12 months and Museum members visit free. In Centerpoint MarketPlace, downtown.
Call 715-344-2003.
1201 Third Court, Stevens Point, Portage County.
Chazen Museum of Art
Eleven galleries for the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, the Mayer Print Center and Museum Shop as well as lecture halls, auditoria, and the Kohler Art Library. Tues-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas eve, Christmas day and New Year's day. Admission: Free.
Call 608-263-2246.
Conrad A Elvehjem Building, 800 University Ave, Madison, Dane County.
Clark School Museum
Call 920-361-0807.
253 Water St, Berlin, Green Lake County.
Fort Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters
Built in 1824 by portaging businessman, Francis LeRoy, the Fort Winnebago Surgeons' Quarters (National Register of Historic Places) is one of the oldest French Colonial log homes in Wisconsin still standing on it's original foundation. The last building of Fort Winnebago 1828-1845, Surgeon's Quarters overlooks the site where Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette left the Fox River at the east end of Wauona Trail in 1673. Open mid May to mid October. Tours available. Admission fee is charged.
Call 608-742-2949.
W8687 Highway 33 East, Portage, Columbia County.
H H Bennett Studio & History Center
Starting in 1875 Bennett's pictures of the Wisconsin Dells and scenes of life among the area's native Ho-Chunk people drew tourists by the trainload. Come discover "the soul of the Dells" through the eyes of Wisconsin's most famous photographer! Open daily through September 30 (10 AM-10 PM through August 21; 10-5 August 22 through September 30). Open weekends only in October, and January through early May. Admission adults $5.75, children (5-12) $3, senior citizens (65 and over) $5.20.
Call 608-253-3523.
215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County.
Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
Call 608-262-1162.
School of Human Ecology 378, Dane County.
Hutchinson House Museum
Guided tours of the first large home in Waupaca, built in 1854. Visit a true Victorian House with authentic furnishings. Open Sat, Sun, and Summer Holidays; from 1 pm to 4 pm; Memorial Day to Labor Day. Special group tours available. Owned and Operated by the Waupaca Historical Society.
Call 715-258-5958.
S Main St at South Park, Waupaca, Waupaca County.
Ingersoll Museum
Call 608-262-4526.
Sterling Hall Rooms 1321 and 1328, Dane County.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Open Tu-F 9 am to 4 pm, Sat and Sun noon to 5 pm, Exhibits its collections of art of the natural world, with an emphasis on birds.
Call 715-845-7010.
700 N 12th St, Wausau, Marathon County.
Madison Children's Museum
A hands-on learning environment with interactive exhibits and programs for children ages birth to eight.
Call 608-256-6445.
100 State St, Madison, Dane County.
Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium
Call 608-829-4053.
James Madison Memorial High School, Dane County.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art exists to exhibit, collect and preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art. It serves the art life of the community by creating opportunities for direct experience with works of art, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about art, and by offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art.
Call 608-257-0158.
227 State Street, Madison Dane County.
Marathon County Historical Museum
Open Tu-Th 9 am to 4:30 pm. Sat and Sun 1 to 4:30 pm. Beautiful Victorian home of former lumber baron Cyrus Yawkey. Model railroad display.
Call 715-848-6143.
403 McIndoe St, Wausau, Marathon County.
Mt Horeb Area Museum
Call 608-437-6486 or toll-free 888-765-5929.
100 S Second St, Mt Horeb, Dane County.
Museum of Natural History
Call 715-346-2858.
UW-Stevens Point, Portage County.
National Mustard Museum
Call 800-438-6878.
7477 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, Dane County.
Old Fire Station No. 8
Call 608-244-6732.
407 North St, Madison, Dane County.
Parsons Indian Museum
Call 608-254-8533.
Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County.
Rowley House Museum
On the National Registry of Historic Places, the 1868 Dr Rowley residence has hundreds of artifacts used by early Middleton people. It features one of the largest and most comprehensive displays of Depression Glass in the Midwestern US, with over 150 identified glass patterns. The Carriage House, with a life-size horse and doctor's buggy, showcases a wide variety of early farm implements and tools. Open 1 - 4 pm; Tue and Sat, Mid - Apr to Mid - Oct. Free admission.
Call 608-836-1375.
7410 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, Dane County.
South Wood County Historical Museum
Open May to Oct, Sun, Tue & Thu, 1 to 4 pm. Documents local history with recreations of a general store, doctor's office and more.
Call 715-423-1580.
540 Third St S, Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County.
Space Science and Engineering Center
Call 608-263-3373.
1225 W Dayton St, Madison, Dane County.
Sterling North Home and Museum
The boyhood Home/Museum of Sterling North, world renown editor and author of Rascal, So Dear to my Heart, The Wolfling, and 28 other books plus poetry is open Sunday afternoons from 1:00-4:30 PM April 3 through December 18 or by appointment. The home has been restored to its 1917 setting and is furnished with authentic antiques. The Museum houses North's desk and typewriter and many family artifacts, photos, books and memorabilia. Gift/book shop available.
Call 608-884-3151 or 608-868-7241.
409 W Rollin St, Edgerton, Dane County.
Thomas House Center for History
Call 715-384-5867.
103 South Central Avenue, Marshfield, Wood County.
Upham Mansion
A restored home of former Wisconsin governor William Henry Upham, this house represents mid-Victorian architecture at its finest. The furnishings in the mansion are vintage Victorian, many of them left by the Upham family. Constructed in 1880, the mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It now serves as the center for the North Wood County Historical Society exhibits, activities, and local history research.
Call 715-387-3322.
212 W Third St, Marshfield, Wood County.
UW Geology Museum
Reconstructed dinosaurs, huge mastodon skeleton, colorful mineral samples, a six-foot diameter rotating globe and a walk-through model of a Wisconsin limestone cave. Open for self-guided tours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Mon-Fri and 9am-1pm Sat. Call to make reservation for group tours.
Call 608-262-1412 or 608-262-2399.
Weeks Hall A120, Dane County.
UW-Madison Washburn Observatory
Washburn Observatory has been the heart of UW astronomy since it opened in 1881 and has also been open for public sky viewing since that day. The schedule for public nights (weather permitting): 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from September through May, every Wednesday in June through August. For more information see the UW-Madison Department of Astronomy web page.
Call 608-262-4636.
1401 Observatory Dr, Madison, Dane County.
Waushara County Historical Society Museum
Historical Society pictures of Jail and living area. Museum Tours Wed 1-3 pm and Sat 1-4; Memorial Day to Labor Day. Research Wed & Sat. Full research department. Located next to the Waushara County Court House in the old Waushara County Jail.
Call 920-787-7584.
212 S St Marie, Wautoma, Waushara County.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Explore Wisconsin's distinctive heritage on four floors of exhibits. Public programs. Unique Museum store. Admission is by donation. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 to 4 pm.
Call 608-264-6555.
30 N Carroll St, Madison, on Madison's Capitol Square, Dane County.
Wisconsin Historical Society
Major North American history research library and archives, with collections documenting American and Canadian history and genealogy. Open to the public Monday through Saturday. Home to Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Wisconsin's oldest publisher. Operates a statewide network of historic sites and museums. Maintains Wisconsin's historic preservation program, including nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and protection of underwater archaeological sites and burial sites.
Call 608-264-6400.
816 State St on UW Campus, Madison, Dane County.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
For over 100 years, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has connected the past to the present: sharing the stories of Wisconsin's military veterans. Located in the heart of Madison Wisconsin, this award-winning museum and research center chronicles the history-shaping exploits of Wisconsin's veterans from the Civil War to present day. From full-scale dioramas, to full-scale aircraft suspended from the ceiling, Wisconsin's military history unfolds in two galleries of more than ten-thousand square feet.
Call 608-267-1799.
30 W Mifflin St, Madison, Dane County.

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