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  Red Gym, info center.
by Tom_In_Madison

UW-Madison Campus Assistance and Visitor Center
located in "the Red Gym" , you can orient yourself with a free campus tour (3 p.m. weekdays, noon weekends) and get a list of free campus events. Located right next to Memorial union on Langdon St.

The University of Wisconsin's main campus stretches over 930 acres next to Lake Mendota. The nicest spot on campus is probably behind the Memorial Union, where visitors plop down on an extensive outdoor pavilion to enjoy a fine view of the lake and sometimes free music. When colder months come, the action turns to the Rathskellar, a German-style cafeteria/alehouse inside the Union that also hosts free concerts and events (look for posters titled "Today in the Union" or ask at the Red Gym).

Among other campus-affiliated spots free and open to the public are the Clazen Museum of Art (800 University Ave., (608) 263-2246) and its 15,500 exhibits (from 2300 B.C. to modern times, including an Andy Warhol print of Marilyn Monroe); the Geology Museum (1215 W. Dayton St., (608)262-2399), where you can eye the skeleton of a 33-foot-long duck-billed dinosaur; and the Arboretum (1207 Seminole Hwy., (608)263-7888), a 1,240-acre preserve that's heaven for hiking and cross-country skiing and free guided walks.

You can even sit in on classes, even in summer. Have in mind what kind of class you'd like to attend, and someone at the Red Gym will find a match. In bigger classes (which tend to be straightforward lectures like Biology 101), no one blinks when a stranger shows up. For small seminars (the more disciplined stuff, usually), it's a good idea to get an OK ahead of time. If you have something specific in mind, don't barge into a classroom unannounced, but ask the Visitor Center to contact the department that interests you.

Address: 716 Langdon St., The Red Gym
Directions: Just east of State St, and 1 block north. Just look for young adults carrying backpacks and looking at their cell phones.
Phone: (608)263-2400

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  • Updated Jan 14, 2006
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