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Yerkes Observatory

373 W Geneva St, Williams Bay, Wisconsin 53191 USA

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“the birthplace of modern astrophysics”

Yerkes Observatory is a facility of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago. It was established in 1897 on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Until the mid-1960's, Yerkes Observatory housed all of the Department's activities. Today the 77-acre, park-like site in southeast Wisconsin provides laboratory space and access to telescopes for research and instruction.Yerkes Observatory occupies a unique niche for the educational and the scientific community. It bridges several important perspectives in formal and informal education. The history of astronomy and astrophysics of the observatory is a solid foundation for introducing all the important topics in current research as well as the practice of observational astronomy. There is a huge range of opportunities for learning. Because of Yerkes' historical context, the world of professional and student astronomers and astronomy educators is drawn to the observatory. These communities learn from one another, build relationships, and create programs, which result in enriched experiences and learning opportunities for young and diverse members of our society.

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Reviewed by
MomPlansTrips

  • 2 Reviews
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January 11, 2024
Rated 5.0

Yerkes has reopened under the auspices of the Yerkes Futures Foundation. The new website is at yerkesobservatory.org Check there for tour information and events.

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MomPlansTrips

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April 30, 2019
Rated 5.0

Unhappily, the University of Chicago chose to shut down Yerkes Observatory as of October 1, 2018. If and until another group is able to purchase it, regular tours have been canceled. It's a truly amazing place, and the Great Refractor is a wonderful sight to see. So sad to see this piece of history thrown to the wayside. :-(

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AHOBOY

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August 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a fantastic place to visit! Don't miss it!

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Yerkes Observatory

373 W Geneva St
Williams Bay, Wisconsin
53191 USA
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