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The Institute

330 N Orchard Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53715



Weekdays 8-5pm


Visitor parking in lots 17, 20 and 80 costs $1 per 30 minutes for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, up to a maximum of $12 per day. Prices and availability are subject to change. For more info, contact Transportation Services.
Lot 17 Engineering Drive Ramp, 1525 Engineering Drive
Lot 20 1390 University Avenue
Lot 80 Union South Garage, 1308 W Dayton St

Discovery Outreach Programs offer literally hundreds of opportunities annually for people to experience the vibrancy of UW-Madison science.

Through a partnership with the Morgridge Institute and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), these programs range from hands-on programs for school children to a four-day statewide science festival that showcases UW-Madison people and ideas. For a complete list of opportunities, please visit our featured program section below.



Upcoming Events

  1. Sat / May 02

    Saturday Science: Science & Art of Breakin’

    Saturday Science at Discovery is a monthly series that features interactive exploration stations centered around a particular topic. Families and learners of all ages are invited to explore hands-on science fun during this free drop-in event in the Town Center.

  2. Wed / May 06

    Noon @ the Niche: The Use of a Rat to Model Parkinson’s Disease Deficits

    How can an animal model help us understand Parkinson disease? Bring your lunch to the niche and discuss how a novel genetic rat can model communication disorders and the underlying neuropathology in Parkinson disease.

  3. Fri / May 08

    DIY Science: Making Liquid Fuels from Sustainable Biomass

    Hands-on laboratory experiences are not just for kids! Each month, a different activity encourages adult (18+) audiences to put on lab coats, goggles and gloves and get a firsthand sense of cutting-edge research.

  4. Mon / May 11

    Afterschool Expeditions

    The Town Center at the Discovery Building is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

330 N Orchard Street / Madison, Wisconsin 53715     608 . 316 . 4100     Open Weekdays 8-5 PM