Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by reservation
Please read the following:
When will the museums be open to view exhibits? Starting July 9, both museums (there are two museums in the building- Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum upstairs and Monroe County Local History Room & Museum downstairs) will be open to the public Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:00- 4:00 by reservation only. To schedule, please call 608-269-8680.
Why is it by reservation only? To ensure the safety of guests and staff. Reservations allow us to control the number of people in the building at one time and maintain social distancing guidelines.
How many people are allowed per reservation time? Each group can have 1 to 10 people.
How long is a reservation time? 30 minutes per museum.
Will I be put with people I do not know to fill a reservation time? No.
What if I am not finished looking at the museums when my reservation time expires? Can I stay longer? Only if the next time slot is open.
Can walk-in visits be accommodated? No, but you may call to check on reservation time availability. You can then be placed in the next available time slot.
Are masks required? Yes.
Will restrooms be open? Yes.
Is there an admission fee? Both museums are free at this time, donations are appreciated.
Closed for the following holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Astronaut Deke Slayton
Born in Sparta, Wisconsin, Deke Slayton was one of America’s first astronauts, part of the Mercury 7 group that was formed by NASA in 1959.Throughout his 20+ year career with NASA Deke was instrumental in shaping the early days of US manned space flight. In 1975 he was part of the crew for the US/Russian Apollo-Soyuz docking mission, the very first international space mission of its kind which paved the way for the International Space Station.
Bicycling Capital of America
Why bikes and Deke Slayton? Sparta, Wisconsin is the Bicycling Capital of America with the first Rails to Trails Program in the country in which old railroad tracks are converted into bike trails. Deke Slayton is a Sparta native, and one of America’s first astronauts. The community wanted to celebrate both of these traditions, and the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum was born!
There is no admission fee at this time,
but donations are appreciated.
The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum is located on the second floor of the building. Unfortunately there is not an elevator and we are not handicap accessible.
Hours of Operation
Temporarily we are open
10:00am- 4:00pm Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays
by reservation only