Madison’s newest museum is located on the 6th floor of the downtown MATC building. Founded by Professor Dave Nelson of the UW-Madison, the museum aims to make science interesting and accessible to all. A self-described pack-rat, much of the collection is bits and bobs of old science technology that Nelson has collected over his 40+ years as a professor. Even older pieces were inherited by from his predecessor, yet another pack rat. Still other bits were picked up the UW-SWAP.
Plenty of the museum is hands-on, including a room created by local maker-space Sector67. While some of the displays need a bit of work, there are plenty of fascinating items like an original X-ray machine used for fitting shoes (and giving cancer), a display of macro-photography, and even a station to extract DNA strands in just minutes! Come on up and get your own tube of DNA goo to take home!
Madison Science Museum
211 N Carroll St, 6th Floor
Madison, Wisconsin 53703