A campus-community crossroads
From a dinosaur-era garden to motion-sensing walls, hands-on exhibits, two restaurants and teaching laboratories—the Town Center welcomes campus and the community. Visitors can take a tour, hold an event, participate in a program or have a casual or formal meeting. An array of programs speaks to many audiences, spotlighting business acceleration, interdisciplinary collaboration and opportunities to experience the campus’s cutting-edge scientific research firsthand. Regular and special event programs connect science, humanities and the arts for young and old alike year-round. Learn about our impact as a crossroads of minds.
Programs for Campus & Community Members
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, known as the Discovery Building, is home to many programs that highlight science and creativity for campus and community members.
We offer several field trip workshops for students in elementary, middle and high school. All groups interested in a field trip must fill out an online registration form. The workshops we offer are described on our early elementary school (K-2), late elementary school (3-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) program pages.
Town Center group tours are designed for groups of 10 or more and a three-week advance notice is appreciated. Tours take place on the first floor of the Discovery Building (Town Center) and include a general overview of the unique physical features of the building, the Discovery partnership, research within the institutes and information about ongoing programs. Tours are limited to the first floor; we are unable to provide tours of the lab and research environments. Tours are approximately 30-45 minutes long.
The following group tour application is designed to gather information about your tour needs. Submission does not guarantee a tour date; tours are confirmed based on the availability of our tour guides.