Cave of the Mounds
National Natural Landmark; a limestone cavern containing numerous mineral formations.
2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds, 53517
Chazen Museum of Art
Wisconsin's second-largest art collection, in a recently expanded space; exhibits permanent and traveling collections.
750 University Ave., 53706
Dane County Humane Society
Tours of Dane County Humane Society are appropriate for all ages. A donation is requested based on the size of group and length of tour.
5132 Voges Rd., 53718
Madison Children's Museum
Innovative, interactive exhibits and programs for children ages birth to 12. Admission $8.
100 N. Hamilton St., 53703
Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium
Usually open third Wednesdays during the school year, for small groups, individuals and families. No reservations.
Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
A museum of modern and contemporary art, exhibiting nationally renowned artists and works from the permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works. Free admission.
211 State St., 53703
Nathaniel & Harriet Dean House
Victorian house museum, tours 2-4 pm second Sundays and by appointment.
4718 Monona Dr., 53716
National Mustard Museum
Open 10 am-5 pm daily.
7447 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, 53562
Rowley House Museum
Middleton Area Historical Society artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. Outstanding collection of Depression glass.
7410 Hubbard Ave., 53562
State Capitol Tours
Tours hourly, 9-11 am and 1-3 pm Mon.-Sat. (plus 4 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day); and 1-3 pm Sundays. Museum and observation deck open during summer.
2 E. Main St., 53702
UW Geology Museum
Exhibits of rocks, black-light mineral display, fossils including dinosaur skeletons and a Wisconsin mastodon. Open to public Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am-4:30 pm and Sat. 9 am-1 pm. No charge (guided tours $2). Nearest parking at Lake Street ramp.
Weeks Hall, 1215 W. Dayton St., 53706 (corner of Charter St. and W. Dayton St.)
608-262-2399; 262-1412 (group tour info)
UW Space Place
Science education and outreach center of the UW Astronomy Department. Programs and services offered for school groups, teachers, community groups and the public.
2300 S. Park St., 53713
UW Zoological Museum
Gallery exhibits on first floor open to public 10 am-3 pm Mon.-Fri.; fourth-floor research collection open to educators/researchers (info: 608-265-2547).
250 N. Mills St., 4th Floor, 53706
Home to a 15-inch refractor telescope. Open if sky is 75% free of clouds, first and third Wednesdays except major holidays (third Wednesday only January; every Wednesday June-Aug.) at 9 pm April-Oct. and 7:30 pm Nov.-March.
1401 Observatory Dr., 53706
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Open Tue.-Sat. 9 am-4 pm. Four floors of permanent and changing interactive exhibits that dramatically interpret Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and its present.
30 N. Carroll St., 53703
Wisconsin State Herbarium
Open Mon.-Fri. 7:45 am-4:30 pm. All are invited to visit, but should arrange a time with the staff. Tours for small groups arranged upon advance request.
UW Birge Hall-Room 160, 430 Lincoln Dr., 53706
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Honors veterans from the Civil War to the present. 9 am-4:30 pm Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 pm Sunday (April-Sept. only).
30 W. Mifflin St., 53703