Want to Know What's Happening Here?

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.

Educator Professional Development Workshops

Calling all K-12 educators! We’re pleased to announce that Yerkes will be hosting a series of professional development workshops during summer 2024. Join us at the observatory for a half-day workshop focused on incorporating NGSS-inspired activities into your curriculum. Participants in this event will tour the observatory, learn how to facilitate and receive materials for…

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Messier Marathon Open House and Schedule of Events

Join us for Yerkes Messier Marathon Open House! We’ll have telescopes on the South Lawn, presentations, food, and educational activities for you and your family. March 9th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, rain or shine. This does not include the use of the telescopes in the building. Reservations are required.  Tickets for this event cost $5 per child and $10 for adults…

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Our Latest Video Project

We’re excited to share this video project highlighting where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed.

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Summer Internship at Yerkes Observatory

We’re thrilled to announce the 2024 undergraduate student internship at Yerkes Observatory! Please apply here after reading the information below. By participating, students will: Applications are open until 11:59PM CT on Friday, February 23, 2024. Program FAQ

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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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