EXPLORE. ENGAGE. DISCOVER.
The Discovery Building was completed in 2010, marking a new chapter in WARF’s long tradition of supporting the UW-Madison campus.
The first floor of the building, the Town Center, was designed as a central space where campus, community and industry could gather and discover more about the research and innovation that takes place at UW-Madison. Visitors to the Town Center can host their own event, participate in a variety of programs or enjoy a meal. WARF hosts many programs throughout the year, including lectures, demonstrations and field trips that bring the wider Wisconsin community onto campus.
In partnership with our affiliates, WARF manages the Town Center. The Discovery Building is also home to twin research institutes, the private Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Their private-public collaboration helps facilitate breakthrough discoveries to advance health and well-being.
Plan your visit to the Discovery Building
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715
Effective May 10, the Discovery Building will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*Closed when UW–Madison is closed due to inclement weather; closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Reserve a space at the Discovery Building
Offering inspiring spaces for rent by the campus and community. We can accommodate expos, lectures, meetings, weddings and more.
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.
|A generous gift from UW-Madison alumni John and Tashia Morgridge started the project. The state of Wisconsin and WARF also contributed initial funding. Two-thirds of the building is privately owned by WARF and the other third is publicly owned by UW-Madison.|
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