​The Museum has a new home in progress!

Why is the museum moving? 

In 2021, the Wisconsin State Legislature approved the demolition and rebuilding of Albertson Hall due to major structural issues with the building. As a result, all departments vacated Albertson to make room for the new facility.  

Where is the museum moving? 

The museum has moved to a new permanent location inside the Science Building, 2001 Fourth Avenue. Best of all, we will now be situated directly below the Blocher Planetarium in the A-Wing on the first floor, offering visitors easy access to both of our facilities. 

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When will the museum close?

The museum closed its doors at the end of the spring semester on May 20th, 2022.

When will the museum reopen? 

Our goal is to reopen our gift shop, and begin some community programming in fall 2023. However, the full remodeling of our space will occur in multiple phases over the next several years. 

What will the new space entail? 

We have spent the last two years in ongoing conversations with visitors, UWSP students and staff, and campus administration to determine the best way for the new museum to serve Central Wisconsin. While we are still in the planning stages, we know that the updated space will include fan favorites such as some of our beloved dioramas and dinosaur displays as well as new offerings such as live animals and additional interactives.  

How can I share feedback about the museum move? 

We’d love to hear your opinion about what we should keep, what we should add, and how we can best serve the community! Please take the following 1-minute survey to share your thoughts with us: 

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How can I get involved? 

We are excited to announce that the Museum of Natural History is partnering with the Blocher Planetarium and Pejsa Observatory to launch a joint Friends Group! Members will receive perks such as store discounts, exclusive programs, and access to a monthly video series. Please stay tuned for additional information about this opportunity. Please contact us at museum@uwsp.edu to schedule a group visit. Summer 2023 group visits for the Planetarium and Observatory can be scheduled with Director Sebastian Zamfir at szamfir@uwsp.edu.