Permanent exhibits


Hall of fame

1. Hall of Fame: This exhibit covers the history of science throughout Wisconsin with
emphasis on UW connections and Nobel Prize winners. There is a “Spotlight on a Scientist” portion that will rotate. Artifacts include historic scientific equipment, letters, photographs, archival newspapers, medals, and interactive components.


Medical maging

2. Imaging of Our World (See, Explore, Imagine): Visitors move through this exhibit through increasing orders of magnitude, starting with subatomic particles, through a migrating bird's eye view, up through galactic scale. On this journey visitors can see and discover the beauty of scientific images, techniques for improving resolution and detection, and relevant uses for such images. Emphasis is given to biomedical imaging such as PET, MRI and CT scanning technologies.



3. Luminous Scores: Reflections on Light in Art and Science: In this exhibit, visitors will explore the work of Floor van de Velde, whose depictions of color, light, and sound are based on the research of Robert Wood. Artist statement: I am fascinated by not only the intersection and intricate relationship of art and technology. I believe that art and science can lead to the awakening of critical awareness of perception. To this extent, my artistic practice involves the creation and production of not only objects and installations, but rather experiences that put the viewer at the center of everything, and in these installations, distort habitual perception.



4. The Wonders of Lasers: The exhibit covers the history and diverse uses of lasers today with an emphasis on lasers in medicine, engineering, art, entertainment and cutting edge technology applications.



5Robotics and Makers Playground: Visitors can wander through the makers playground, play with robots, generate energy, build, tinker, and explore the world of engineering.



6.  Biotech in Wisconsin: This exhibit highlights the history of several local biotechnology companies that have had a profound impact in their field and put Wisconsin on the map in the sciences.



7. Timelines: These hallway exhibits feature to-scale timelines that explore the Geological Timeline of Earth's history, Waveforms large and small, and the Solar System.


The museum also presents temporary exhibits:

Science in Glass (CURRENT): 'Science in Glass' is an exhibition detailing the lifelong work and passion of Norman and Wilma Erway. Most people have some knowledge of the test tubes, beakers, and flasks used in chemistry experiments. The Erways however provided some of the more complex glass apparatuses for chemistry research at the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Landscapes in Infrared (past exhibit): A temporary exhibit featuring the works of four photographers Robert Beaverson, Kathleen Sletten, Oleg Moskwin and Peter DeVault. The exhibit complements the museum collection of IR images used in research, astronomy and art and honors Robert Wood, the father of infrared photography, who spend the early years of his career in Madison.

Nikon's Small World (past exhibit)Traveling exhibit from Nikon's camera company presents  winning photographs from the annual competition of microphotographers around the globe. The exhibit travels through selected science centers and museums in North America and is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.

 The Creative Mind (past exhibit): Traveling exhibit from The National Academies of Sciences (Washington, DC) celebrates the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science and features the careers and achievements of some of today’s outstanding black scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals and highlights the work of notable figures from the past. On display through February 2016.

Wearable Technology (past exhibit): This temporary exhibit was a showcase exhibition of the final project garments from an interdisciplinary course at UW-Madison between students in Computer Science, Engineering and Textile Design, and fosters the collaboration between science and the arts. On display through August 2016.