Visiting Babcock – Guided Observation

The Babcock Hall Dairy Store offers short, guided presentations from the second-story observation deck that overlooks the dairy plant. One of our student workers will lead small groups and describe the general processes of the plant, from receiving the milk to creating the finished product. Visitors will be able to view production lines for milk bottling, ice cream and cheese making. Each presentation usually lasts 15-20 minutes.

Observation Information

  • Cost: Observations are free, however, visitors typically enjoy a dish of ice cream afterward. Prices range from $2.00–$3.15 each. After you schedule an observation, we ask that you contact us with pre-ordering information at
  • Available times: Observations can be scheduled from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., however production can only be seen from 9–11 a.m. Check our calendar for available times. Observations are NOT given from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m due to our busy lunch hour.
  • Group size: Please keep in mind that we require a minimum of 10 people in order to schedule a tour. For groups of less than 10, presentations are open to the public on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 12:00 p.m.
  • Advance notice: We need one week’s notice for all tours.

Please feel free to visit Babcock Hall anytime the building is open. The observation deck is always accessible to the public and all of the machinery in the plant is labeled and visible from the windows.

Schedule an Observation

Please contact Campus and Visitor Relations at 608-265-9500 or email them at to arrange for an observation. You can fill out an online request form by clicking here and someone from the office will contact you to confirm your visit.

Interested in seeing what else UW-Madison campus as to offer, please click here for other venues to see while visiting Babcock Hall Dairy Store!


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