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As Yerkes has become a space at the confluence of culture, art, and science, we have so much going on. From our speaker series to our roster of tours to our star parties, keep up to date by getting on our email list, following us on social media, and visiting us in person. We're forever evolving into a place of diverse programs for kids and adults alike. Writers, artists, sculptors, photographers, musicians, engineers, chemists, tech innovators, and astronomers are collaborating to understand how science inspires the arts and how the arts inspire cosmic discovery. We're eager to work together at this epicenter of BIG IDEAS. What was a dormant institution a couple years ago and a construction site under full restoration just last year is now a vibrant place filled with enthusiasm, focus, and new voices in conversation. Discover what’s happening in Cobb & Hale's three domes and the junction of Olmsted ellipses. More importantly, discover how you can tap into the energy.

Exploring the Night Sky Tour Dates for Summer 2024

Exploring the Night Sky with the Great Refractor tour tickets for Summer 2024 are available now on our ticketing website! We’re pleased to announce new youth pricing for this experience starting in June. For youth ages 13-18, prices are now $85. Adult tickets are $140. With only 12 tickets available for each tour, this exclusive…

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Welcome 2024 Yerkes Research Interns!

Yerkes Observatory is proud to offer immersive, hands-on internship experiences for current or recently graduated undergraduate students. During their time in Williams Bay, interns will engage with research focused on digitizing the Yerkes glass plate collection and collecting data with our 24″ telescope, support observatory outreach, education, and public programs, and explore the amazing science…

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Exploring the Night Sky Tour Dates

With only 12 tickets available for each tour, this exclusive evening illuminates the inner-workings of Yerkes Observatory after dark. Curated by our Telescope Team, each tour features a viewing of the cosmos with the largest refracting telescope in the world if skies are clear. If skies are not clear, we’ll delve into Yerkes vaults with…

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Summer Internship at Yerkes Observatory

We’re thrilled to announce the 2024 undergraduate student internship at Yerkes Observatory! Please apply after reading the information below. By participating, students will: Applications closed on Friday, February 23, 2024. Thank you to all who applied! We have an incredible applicant pool and are currently working to finalize our participants. Applicants should expect to hear…

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Islands of Brilliance & Yerkes Pull Together

Combining astronomy, history, science fiction, and animation, Yerkes’ collaboration with Milwaukee-based Islands of Brilliance offers students the opportunity to create their own exoplanets using real astronomical data. We can’t wait to welcome our first cohort of students in February and make Yerkes the backdrop for their creativity! Real Milwaukee Featured Our Upcoming Program

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