Play Downtown Madison
Madison’s best cultural and arts organizations are downtown. Visit Madison Children’s Museum, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Museum, or Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Ten resident arts groups perform regularly at the Overture Center for the Arts, there's music at The Orpheum or the Majestic, shows at The Bartell Theater or laughs at the Comedy Club.
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A public space and convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright hosting conferences, conventions, art installations, Frank Lloyd Wright history, and community events including yoga, meditation, dancing, and concerts. Open daily with a rooftop garden, public tours, gift shop, and the Lake Vista Cafe.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a soaring building designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli. MMoCA offers free exhibitions and education programs that engage visitors in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries host changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. Special exhibition opening events, as well as artist lectures and gallery talks, independent and experimental film series, and drop-in tours enhance visitors’ experiences at the museum
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7 Iron offers something Madison residents can’t find with cold Midwestern winters: year-round virtual golf!
A place that celebrates the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its graduates, telling the stories of the UW alumni and the ways they’ve changed the world.
121 W Main
Located just off of the capitol square featuring fifty taps of craft beer and cider, live music, pinball, and a selection of bottles and cans to-go along with crowlers and growlers poured from our taps!
401 N Lake
Barrio Dance Factory is an intensive dance training program, where dancers will not only learn foundations of hip hop and other styles of dance, but also develop interdisciplinary skills (such as building your portfolio, personal brand…
113 E Mifflin
Historic community playhouse and collaboration between six local theatre companies.
Home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, with permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, education programs and events.
210 Martin Luther King Jr.
City of Madison Parks offices. Offering parks information, lake access, golf courses, events, shelter rentals, and more.
Comedy on State is Wisconsin’s premiere comedy club! We host nationally touring comedians from Comedy Central, HBO, Netflix, Jimmy Fallon and more! Our friendly staff, hysterical entertainers, intimate atmosphere and full service bar will…
Produces shows performed in Madison's Overture Center, offers theater classes and experiences for young people.
215 S Hamilton
Serves the legal information needs of county officers and employees, attorneys and the public.
22 E Mifflin
As Greater Madison’s official destination marketing organization, Destination Madison drives economic impact through tourism. We attract leisure visitors, conventions and sporting events to the area, and partner with local businesses to…
100 W Mifflin
Open from May into October, the Downtown Madison Info Booth is located where State St. meets the Capitol Square. Offering visitor information, brochures, and answering questions regarding downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment.
120 E Wilson
Escape games are real-life, interactive experiences. They're challenging, entertaining and a great way to spend time with family and friends. Your group will have 60 minutes to work as a team to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in…
113 S Hamilton
Hook & Fade is a warm and inviting micro-social golf simulator destination where you can relax in comfort equal to your own living room, enjoy elevated hospitality, and take as many swings as you like (or even zero)
Madison's independent, locally owned news source. In print weekly, online all the time. Comprehensive event calendar.
Dedicated to the work of contemporary Wisconsin artists, the gallery also presents exhibitions that explore ideas and connect the arts to other disciplines. Free and open to the public. Located on the third floor of Overture Center for the…
Liquid is Madison's busiest and most successful independent music venue & is recognised nationally as one of the top college town electronic dance music (EDM) venues anywhere in the country. Over the years, we've been proud to present many…
100 N Hamilton
A welcoming, imaginative, joyful learning environment that nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity through hands-on exhibits, creative projects and special events.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a soaring building designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli. MMoCA offers free exhibitions and education programs that engage visitors in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s…
201 W Mifflin
The recently renovated Central Library offers expanded facilities plus art exhibits, events, films and hands-on activities for all ages including a designated kids area.
330 W Mifflin
The Madison Senior Center continues its mission to promote successful aging. The center welcomes 40,000 visitors annually, and offers close to 3,000 events each year.
Enjoy free art exhibitions by artists from around the country at galleries in Memorial Union. Exhibitions change throughout the year, so check back often for the latest installations.
Live music with an eclectic mix of national and local talent, stand-up comedy and themed parties in a historic venue. Hosts of the Live on King St. concerts.
A visit to Madison is not complete without a visit to Memorial Union, one of the community’s most beloved destinations. Located right on the shore of Lake Mendota, Memorial Union is home to almost daily events and activities as well as…
1 John Nolen
A public space and convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright hosting conferences, conventions, art installations, Frank Lloyd Wright history, and community events including yoga, meditation, dancing, and concerts. Open daily with a…
Theater offering live performance, music, comedy shows, weddings and corporate events, one block from the State Capitol.
Located on Memorial Union's lakefront, Outdoor UW is your outlet to the outdoors! Rent camping, climbing, hiking, and paddling equipment; balance your day with Terrace yoga or standup paddleboard yoga; or plan your family or group adventure…
A performing arts center with ten resident organizations, presenting Broadway, music, theater, comedy, art exhibitions and educational and community events.
107 N Hamilton
Drop-in Craft Bar and creative workshop space located just off the Capitol Square. Choose from over 20 Pinterest-worthy crafts, order a drink, then spend time creating in our inspiring space! Full project list and Calendar of hours…
Ruby is a beautiful & intimate 150 capacity music venue that is proud to host both emerging national touring live music acts as well as local/regional acts. Ruby is also a popular venue for private parties and special events, given our…
UW-Madison campus and community information and assistance inside the Memorial Union. Info Desks also available at Union South and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Wheelhouse Studios is an open arts studio located in the lower level of Memorial Union. With three versatile work spaces, flexible studio designs, drop-in art opportunities, and classes for enthusiasts and first-time artists alike, it’s…
30 N Carroll
Explore four floors of exhibits highlighting Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and a variety of other American history topics. On Madison's Capitol Square.
Society headquarters, library and archives with materials about the history of Wisconsin, the United States and Canada, plus collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.
2 E Main
Drop-in tours (45-55 min.) start at the Information Desk (inside the central rotunda). Mon.- Sat. at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday…
120 Martin Luther King Jr.
Serves the legal information needs of state officers and employees, attorneys and the public.
For more than 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Theater hosts performances in multiple locations, including Memorial Union, and…