University of Wisconsin

ARTS, MUSEUMS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
FURTHER AFIELD

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES:

Chazen Museum of Art
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 263-2246
This teaching museum houses a permanent collection and rotating exhibits of paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative arts spanning all periods.
Admission is free. Tue, Wed, Fri, 9am-5pm; Thurs, 9am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm

Design Gallery
(608) 262-8815
The Design Gallery hosts exhibitions relating to the process of design by Department of Design Studies students, as well as professional designers.
Admission is free.
The regular space at 1300 Linden Drive is currently closed for renovation. See website, call (608) 262-8815 , or email designgallery@sohe.wisc.edu for temporary exhibit locations, times and more information.

Geology Museum
1215 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706

Office: (608) 262-2399
Tours: (608) 262-1412

Dive into Wisconsin’s history through geological and mineralogical samples from around the state, including a skeleton of a giant mastodon discovered in 1897. Download a copy of the self-guided tour or schedule a guided tour ahead of time.
General admission is free.
Guided tours cost $2 per person. Guided tours are available for groups of eight or more.

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm; Sat, 9am-1pm

Dairy Cattle Center
1815 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-9500
The Dairy Cattle Center is the home of the cows kept by the students of the Dairy Science Department.  Open daily to visitors during milking, 4:30pm-7pm (closed during home football games). Reserved facility tours are available by calling (608) 265-9500.

Primate Research Center
1220 Capitol Court
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 263-3500
The only one of its kind in the Midwest, the Primate Research Center conducts research in primate biology with relevance to human and animal health.
Observe the primates and visit with the biologists Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Call (608) 263-3500 to schedule a visit.

Madison Children’s Museum
100 N. Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 256-6445

For the little ones, bring them to the Madison Children’s Museum for some hands-on creation in areas such as visual arts, storytelling, writing, science, music and even LEGOS!
Daily 9:30am-5pm; Thurs, 9:30am-8pm

The First Jacobs Home
441 Toepfer
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 233-2655

Built in 1936, this is the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first “Usonian” designed home; a house relating directly to nature, made of all organic materials and appearing to grow from the earth.
Tours can be scheduled by contacting the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program.

Frank Lloyd Wright Unitarian Meeting House
900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705

(608) 238-1680
Commissioned by the The First Unitarian Society of Madison in 1946, this Frank Lloyd Wright designed church consists of an angular hall constructed of native limestone, copper and glass.
Guests are welcome at services: Sat, 4:30pm (Sept-May); Sun, 9am & 11am.
Tours: Mon-Fri, 10:30am & 2:30pm (May-Oct); Sun, after 11am service. A $5 donation is suggested for tours.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-0158

For those looking to add some culture their Big Ten tour while in Madison, the Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions and programs in the visual arts. The museum also maintains a permanent collection of over 5,000 objects.
Admission is free.
Tue-Thurs, 12pm-5pm; Fri, 12pm-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm; closed Mondays

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 265-ARTS (2787)
Located inside the Memorial Union, the Wisconsin Union Theater offers an array of entertainment, including live local and international music, lectures, films, performance art and pre-concert dinners. Famous performers, political figures, and renowned leaders such as Louis Armstrong, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King have graced the Memorial Union stage since it’s opening in 1939.

The UW School of Music
3561 Humanities
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-1900
Founded in 1895, the School of Music’s mission has grown to promoting global cultural art of music. The School gained acclaimed distinction with the 1939 establishment of the first musical artist-in-residence position at any American university. Tours are available by reservation. For more information about the School of Music, visit their website or email music@music.wisc.edu.

The UW Department of Theatre and Drama and the University Theatre
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Tickets: (608) 265-2787 (ARTS)
The University Theatre is the producing arm of the UW Department of Theatre and Drama. Here, you can catch dramas, comedies and musicals throughout the year, produced entirely by students. See website for show schedules.

Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Ticket Office: (608) 258-4141

Prominently located at the corner of State St., Dayton St. and Fairchild St. one block from the Capitol Building, the Overture Center for the Arts is a hub of artistic activity in Madison, hosting a year-round schedule of plays, musicals, concerts, movie screenings and visual art exhibits. The Overture Center houses the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Madison Ballet, as well as smaller performing arts groups in the community.
Check the website for various exhibit hours and performance dates and times.
Different tours of the facility are available, see website for details.

Orpheum Theatre
216 State Street
Madison, WI 53703

Main Office: (608) 255-8755
Box Office: (608) 255-6005

Built in 1926, the Orpheum Theatre is a classic visual landmark on downtown State Street. With its Art Deco style exterior, French Renaissance interior and the towering “Orpheum” sign, it’s more of a movie ‘palace’ than a theatre. The theatre is still alive with live concerts, independent films and first-run movies.  Enjoy an elegant meal before or after the show at the Orpheum Theatre Lobby Restaurant.

High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 268-1122

For live music in a cozy, relaxed venue, hit the High-Noon Saloon seven nights a week for local or national acts and some cocktails.

FURTHER AFIELD:

Taliesin
Highways 23 and C
Spring Green, Wisconsin 53588
(877) 588-7900

About an hour west of Madison sits Frank Lloyd Wright’s 600-acre country estate “Taliesin,” where Wright lived every summer from 1911 until his death in 1959. During this time, Wright used Taliesin as an architectural experiment of sorts, constantly redesigning and rebuilding the structures on the property. Aside from its architectural and historical importance, it is most famously known for that fateful day on August 15, 1914, when a servant set fire to the living quarters and murdered seven people with an axe while the flames burned, including Wright’s mistress and her two children.
Tours are available by reservation only from April 28 through October 31 by calling 1-877-588-7900 well in advance.