The 10 Best Science Centers in Wisconsin!

You don’t have to look far to find an excellent environment for learning about science in Wisconsin. Science centers, arboretum’s and planetariums scattered across the state all provide an ideal atmosphere to understand this planet a little better. Whether you’re a little explorer or seasoned science fanatic, you’ll find something for you in Wisconsin. Here are our 10 favorite science centers in the state. 

1. Madison Science Museum, Madison, WI

The Madison Science Museum dedicates itself to Wisconsin’s history and continued success in the departments of engineering and biotechnology. The museum was put into place for people to come in and see how Wisconsin has contributed to the growing technology and scientific findings throughout history.  Even better, the museum has no admission fee.

2. Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Madison, WI

Aldo Leopold Nature Center is your home for the best hands-on experience in Wisconsin. Learn first-hand about insects, wetlands, prairies, fish, etc., by attending their special events. Educational programs and their special indoor exhibits allow for children to get up close and personal with displays, allowing for science to become a special part in their life.

3. Discovery World Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Discovery World Museum is a fun, interactive way to get your kids to enjoy science. Participate in interactive labs, check out the Reiman Aquarium, and other museum sponsored events. The museum itself focuses on the innovation and technology for all ages.

4. Barlow Planetarium, Menasha, WI

Located on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha, Wisconsin, is one of the best planetariums in the state—Barlow Planetarium.  Their 48-foot projection dome seats 98 people. Beyond it being the oldest major planetarium in the state, it ranks second in highest attendance. Be captivated by the midnight sky at Barlow Planetarium. 

5. University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin Madison has their very own arboretum near campus. Most events are free to the public, which makes for great field trips throughout the year. Their main mission is the conservation of Wisconsin’s terrain and developing relationships with the people who coexist with it. 

6. Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, WI

The Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee is determined to restore urban habitat throughout the city. They educational programs allow for both adults and children to practice environmentally responsible activities. Most importantly they sought out to provide an outdoor science center to educate the city of Milwaukee’s youth.

7. Riveredge Nature Center, Saulkville, WI

Learn about the growing relationship between nature and society first hand at Riveredge Nature Center. By teaching practical skills and educating the youth, Riveredge is looking to transform the relationship we have with nature. Find events for adults, kids, and families.  

8. MacKenzie Center, Poynette, WI

Located in Poynette, Wisconsin, MacKenzie Center is one of the most diverse science centers in the state. Interpretive trails, events, exhibits are all available for school and youth groups. With a grand totally of 500 acres there is so much to do and an incredible amount to learn. 

9. Brillion Nature Center, Brillion, WI

Open for both little explorers and their parents, the Brillion Nature Center offers so much to the community. Hike their many trails, explore the terrain, learn about insects, trees, or volunteer your time. The nature center allows for so countless hands on activities that can be done at your own pace. Start your nature journal at Brillion Nature Center.

10. Wisconsin Water Science Center, Middleton, WI

The Wisconsin Water Science Center has been collecting high quality hydrologic data since 1906. They provide unbiased water quality investigations on Wisconsin water resources. Resources include groundwater, surface water, water usage, water quality, and clean water protection.    

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