Celebrate Obscura Day with a visit to Yerkes Observatory
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Just as fascinating as the astrophysics of Yerkes is its architecture -- dozens of terra-cotta creatures, figures and decorations that were the product of its architect, Henry Ives Cobb. Photo by Terry Mayer.
WILLIAMS BAY--Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay is one of two sites in Wisconsin that made the list of places to celebrate Obscura Day April 28, according to Atlas Obscura, a compendium of the unusual and esoteric.
Obscura Day, April 28, is “an international celebration of unusual places, full of expeditions, back room tours and explorations of the hidden wonders in your own hometown,” according the Atlas Obscura website.
Scheduled events and tours include the Chislehurst Caves in England, rooftop camping in New York, cocktails at the Bad Art Museum in Seattle, and the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, Calif.
Yerkes Observatory, with its famous 40-inch Refractor telescope and fantastically detailed architecture, and the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, are the two Wisconsin sites listed on the Obscura Day website.
Yerkes Observatory, 373 W. Geneva St., is normally open Saturdays for tours from 10 a.m. to noon. Check its website for more information.