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Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay

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TripAdvisor
  • Call ahead for limited tour times. Fascinating stories about the many images in the detailed stonework - a bee on Rockefeller's nose, for example. You'll have to climb stairs to see the large telescop...  more »
  • This is a really beautiful building from an architectural standpoint inside and out. It also provides a unique history lesson and gives you the opportunity to stand where Albert Einstein stood and loo...  more »
  • We enjoyed the tour. The architecture of the building and the large telescope were fascinating. Loved all the detail on the outside columns. Would have loved to actually look through the telescope, bu...  more »
Google
  • One of the best observatories I've been to. They have tours and the will move the big telescope, the dome and the floor so you can see how it works. So much fun! The speakers are awesome and have so much knowledge. They have a gift store and you can buy some astronaut ice cream as well. They have a book that talks about the best locations and details for the 21st August eclipse that has 2 eclipse shades gift inside!
  • A must see for tourists who appreciate architecture and history. Great tour guide whose been there for decades. Truely a historical gem!
  • Great observatory! Cool demos and things kids may know about and are easy to understand.
  • Absolutely beautiful and educational at the same time.
  • A must miss! Rude tour guide! Erroneous details... My family and I showed up for the noon tour at the observatory. We walked up to the front door and found it was locked. We saw through the building that the back door was open so we walked around to the back to inquire about the tour. We realized that the tour guide was finishing up the tour before ours. We just decided to wait by the tour since there was no where else to wait. Then the tour group went inside and we followed since it was noon and we wanted to pay for our tour. However, the tour guide shut the door on us. I thought it must be an accident. No, it was intentional. We knocked and another tour member had to let us in. When we walked through the door, we were greeted by the tour guide scolding us that we should have come in through the front door. We responded that it was locked. He continued to be rude to us. We tried to explain that we have never been here before and didn't know. He just blatantly ignored us and continued with the tour even though it was after the noon time at this point. We just walked out. Why would we take a tour with someone who was incredibly rude and sarcastic.