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Washburn Observatory, Madison

4.5
#8 of 8 in Museums in Madison
The Washburn Observatory is located at 1401 Observatory Drive on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Completed in 1881, it was a major research facility for about 50 years. Today, it is home to the UW-Madison College of Letters and Science Honors Program, while the telescope remains in use by students in introductory astronomy courses and the general public during open houses and viewings.
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  • A beautiful view of the lake in one direction and a view of the historic observatory in the other. Plus, Celestial Bucky (on parade). Excellent visit all around!  more »
  • 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 pl...  more »
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  • Loved it.. Sign up for tweets to know if its open. We saw Jupiter the night we went. Its can be a long walk depending where you are starting from...
  • It was fantastic! They had 2 staff people talk about the telescope and astronomy. We were able to see Jupiter and Saturn through the telescope. It was amazing!!

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