The Chazen Museum of Art aims to collect, preserve, and exhibit works of art, exposing the public to the wonders of the art world. Playing a crucial role in Madison's visual art scene, it boasts an exciting and extensive permanent collection, which consists of old photographs, lithographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. Not only is the Chazen Museum of Art a wonderful cultural attraction, it's also free, so keep an eye out for exciting upcoming events and exhibitions.
Spread across three levels, Madison Children's Museum is an amazing, interactive museum for the whole family. Get inside one of Wisconsin's oldest log cabins from the 19th Century to know the state's history. Little tots will have fun at the Wildernest with crawlers and climbers to keep them busy. Get to know a bit of horticulture at the Urb Garden or art and interactive displays at the Community Concourse. If your child is more artistic, head up to the Art Studio in the second floor. Showcasing artworks of children and other artists, their rotating exhibits will inspire you to be creative with paint, clay or paper. For more informative fun, Possible-opolis is where science and art meet. Get to know Wisconsin's outdoors at the Rooftop Ramble. With so much to do, there is never a dull time at this fantastic museum.
Opened in 1901 as the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum sits opposite the State Capitol on the isthmus between Lakes Monona and Mendota. The educational museum offers insight into the roles of state veterans in various wars across different ages, making it a must-see for history buffs. You'll find more than 3,000 items displayed between the two award-winning galleries at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Don't miss this American Alliance of Museums accredited site on your trip next tour of the city.
A day would not suffice to browse through over 110,000 historical and 400,000 archaeological artifacts in the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Attracting artists, researchers, students, families, authors, collectors, and a melange of visitors, this place boasts collections spanning topics like anthropology, military life, household life, politics, business, and more. Explore the Wisconsin Historical Museum on your own or stop by for one of its exciting events. Although there is no admission charge, donations are encouraged.
Opened in 2006 and designed by the renowned Cesar Pelli, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, or MMoCA as called by the people of Madison, is perhaps the biggest artistic space in the city at 51,000 square feet (4,738 square meters). Some features include the rooftop sculpture garden, lecture halls, children's rooms, a research space, and more. Wedding receptions and corporate events can be hosted here while a rich educative program for kids and adults makes this museum a sure winner with all. Admission is free, as are most events. Check website for more information on exhibits and upcoming exhibitions.
Often listed among the strangest museums in United States, National Mustard Museum in Wisconsin makes for a fascinating visit. Established by Barry Levenson, the museum features his vast collection of the condiment, with several varieties of mustard on display within its quirky walls. Home to the largest collection of the condiment in the world, the museum delights visitors of all ages. The National Mustard Museum also features a gift shop where you can sample some of the rarest types of mustards on display. Apart from this, they also offer a mail order retail service for those interested.
L. R. Ingersoll Physics Museum was established in 1918 and was one of the first museums in the country solely dedicated to physics. The museum is located in University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and has over sixty five exhibits on display. They also have photographs of Noble Prize winners in physics and historical instruments on display. The museum also has interactive experiments denoting the importance of modern physics. They are open from Monday to Friday and the museum is kid friendly.