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What’s doing at The Dome?

Imagine how exciting it must have been at Yerkes during its scientific heyday—casually passing respected astronomers in the hallway or watching them at work late into the night searching the cosmos. You can still walk where they walked, think your own big ideas where they thought, and create where they created. Yerkes Observatory is quite a vital place these days, filled with enthusiasm and imagination. Discover what’s happening now and how you can tap into the energy.

December 2022 Holiday Festival

Witness The World’s Tallest Glass Tree Live at Yerkes Observatory in December 2022 and Beyond!

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Observatories in the Media: Halloween Edition

On tours I’ve given, I’ve often met guests who recommend books, shows, or podcasts to listen to. Recently, one guest suggested I listen to the Unwell Podcast because it sounded vaguely familiar to our story here at Yerkes. The podcast, Unwell: A Midwestern Gothic, is a storytelling podcast that takes place in the fictional town…

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Top Things to Do in Wisconsin

Big news from Travel Wisconsin! Yerkes Observatory was selected as a film site for an upcoming multi-state commercial. After several scouting visits, Travel Wisconsin’s film crew of thirty people spent July 25th filming a wonderful family walking into Observatory, up the grand staircase, and into the Great Refractor Dome. Then they filmed the family in…

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Lake Geneva Garden Club and Olmsted 200

We were honored to have our great friends at Lake Geneva Garden Club host A Garden Club of America Flower Show at Yerkes Observatory. What a week! LGGC put on spectacular events and exhibited the pleasantries of their hospitality in our Ann M. Drake Family Library, Hagenah Rotunda, and our new Yerkes Programs Room. Our…

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Staff Stories: How Teaching and Tour Guiding Combine

I started my professional career in the midst of the pandemic; the ultimate turning point for young people fresh out of college. I did not know that I was in for the most difficult time to begin a career as a teacher. I gave my career my all for two years, but found myself quickly…

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