Visit Downtown Madison

Set on an isthmus between two scenic lakes, Madison's Central Business District encompasses the heart of downtown Madison, where the famed State Street pedestrian mall links the Capitol Square, seat of Wisconsin state government, to the University of Wisconsin campus.

The central downtown is home to more than 1,500 businesses - from shops, boutiques, and restaurants to financial, law and communications firms - plus museums and cultural destinations.

Stop at the Downtown Visitor Center year-round, for maps, directions and a friendly smile!

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COVID 2020 Updates

Downtown Madison Information and Updates during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
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Handmade and Handcrafted 2019

When it comes to gift-giving, it pays to shop — and craft — local. “…Shopping local directly supports your community,” says Kira Rosenstiel, manager of Art Gecko, 510 State Street.
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Your Holiday Traditions Start Downtown

Start your season of celebration in Downtown Madison, WI. Holiday Lights, A Winter Night Market, A Holiday Open House and a Cookie Walk...
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Perfect Fall Day

Here, three individuals with roots in Downtown Madison share what’s on their respective itineraries for a perfect fall day in downtown.
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Take a family-friendly foray in Downtown Madison

Downtown Madison isn’t just for college students and office workers. It’s a welcoming atmosphere for all, children and families included.
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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.

 

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.

 

Home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, with permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, education programs and events.

100 State
316 W Washington

100state’s mission is to create a community and home for problem­ solvers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. We are a cоwоrking community that provides a shared working space thаt iѕ equipped with desks, сhаirѕ, printing ѕtаtiоns, private offices, meeting rooms, and internet. Members of the community work independently, together. They belong to a community of like-minded people. A safe place to succeed and grow ideas. Nearing 300 members, 100state is Wisconsin’s largest coworking community and is dedicated to providing education resources, events, mentorship, and more to the Madison area business and arts communities.

Public access parking garage.

7 Iron Social
508 State

Game Day Madison offers something Madison residents can’t find with cold Midwestern winters: year-round golf.

The modern design and earthy ambiance evoke a sense of nature and serenity that will surely sooth the traveler’s mind. Whether you’re enjoying the panoramic views of Madison from the rooftop pool or socializing over handcrafted cocktails in the bar, AC Hotel Madison Downtown is sure to offer you the essential hotel experience.

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.

Public access parking lot.

(608) 285-8000
parkhotelmadison.com
Certificates accepted here

A reflection of Madison's history and growth as a city, the only hotel on Madison’s Capitol Square, Best Western Premier Park Hotel is an icon of hospitality and a true symbol of downtown Madison.

Block 89 Garage
10 E Doty

Public access parking garage.

Brayton Lot
1 S Butler

City of Madison operated parking lot. Metered.

Brix Coworking
30 W Mifflin

Our goal is to help people work to make a life– not just a living. We’ve designed Brix Coworking with an energizing and inspiring atmosphere in mind to further engage a growing community of like-minded, driven professionals. Working from home may once have been your dream, but set up shop with Brix Coworking, and you’ll soon see just what’s missing from making your business the best it can be.

Buckeye Lot
214 W Gorham

City of Madison operated parking lot. Metered.

City of Madison operated parking garage.

Dane County operated parking garage.

Chazen Museum of Art
750 University

Home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, with permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, education programs and events.

City of Madison Parks
210 Martin Luther King Jr.

City of Madison Parks offices. Offering parks information, lake access, golf courses, events, shelter rentals, and more.

The Wisconsin Union Club Suites welcome you to the heart of campus. Six elegantly appointed and updated rooms are available right in Memorial Union along with stunning views of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union Terrace and iconic UW-Madison landmarks.

Dane County Law Library
215 S Hamilton

Serves the legal information needs of county officers and employees, attorneys and the public.

Public access parking garage.

Destination Madison
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 position Madison as one of the world’s most vibrant and innovative places to live, work and visit.

Situated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, we are in walking distance of the vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district, State Street, as well as other downtown attractions. Experience the legendary atmosphere by catching a game at Camp Randall Stadium or cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center.

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.

The Visitor Center is temporarily closed, but we're still here to help. Search through our directory , attractions , and see how you can support downtown businesses by heading to our Updates Page

Ellsworth Block
23 N Pinckney

We’re a local business, ready to make your next event the best it can be. Work done well, with a personal touch. That’s our commitment! The multi-use rooms have AV and dry erase boards to host your business retreat, trainings, and board meetings. With beautiful views of the Capitol and next to downtown restaurants, we can help you plan for ease!

Escape This
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 order to escape the room in time. Wit, creativity and a willingness to have fun are all you need!

Public access parking lot.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Government East Garage
215 S Pinckney

City of Madison operated parking garage.

Graduate Madison
601 Langdon
(608) 257-4391
graduatemadison.com
Certificates accepted here

Boutique hotel near State Street and the UW-Madison campus with two food & beverage outlets open to the public, including a rooftop lounge.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Groove Madison
14 W Mifflin

Groove can host a variety of events at our space, including birthday parties (kids and adults), wedding related events (bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, post wedding breakfasts, pre-wedding day getting ready spot) anniversary parties, graduation parties, and corporate events.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Hotel and conference center, connected to Monona Terrace via skywalk.

Horizon Coworking
7 N Pinckney

When you come work at Horizon Coworking, you'll enjoy…
5 Great Meeting Rooms seating 4 to 40 for members and non-members by appointment. All The Meeting accessories: large flat screens, projection, whiteboards, microphones. 2 phone booths and 2 printers, (even 2 couches we like backups). Internet via SupraNet Gigabit fiber - over ethernet & WiFi. Comfortable areas to work, relax, eat, and chat. Sitting and Standing work surfaces. Kitchenette & commuter shower… and nice people.

Industrious
25 W Main

Situated on the Square — just steps from the Majestic Theatre and downtown’s top dining — this newly renovated space was created with your productivity in mind. Our thoughtfully-designed office offers best-in-class services and amenities and breathtaking views of Lake Monona.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

A University of Wisconsin-Extension conference & banquet center and hotel.

Madison BCycle is a bikeshare program designed to revolutionize the way you move in Madison. There are over 45 stations with 300 bikes throughout downtown Madison all within close proximity to wherever you need to go.

Madison Children's Museum
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.

800-356-8293
www.concoursehotel.com
Certificates accepted here

Independently owned hotel offering guests a special Madison experience through our distinctive customer focus.

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.
MMoCA’s programs for youth include Kids’ Art Adventures, ArtZone, and exhibition learning centers filled with free-choice discovery activities. During summer months, Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! bring creative art-making experiences inspired by MMoCA’s exhibitions to communities in Dane County. School programs include online teaching resources and guided tours supported by field trip reimbursements, and the award-winning Art on Tour, which brings exhibitions of art from MMoCA’s permanent collection to six schools in Dane County through a three-year program partnership.
MMoCA also hosts other vibrant events for the community at the museum, such as Hair Affair, Chroma and the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair. Plus, the museum’s major annual fundraiser Art Fair on the Square draws some 200,000 visitors to enjoy and purchase artworks from across Wisconsin and beyond at Madison’s Capitol Square, along with food and drink booths, and live music.
The Rooftop Sculpture Garden, adjacent to Fresco, a restaurant on the top floor of the building, provides an urban oasis with an incredible view of downtown Madison and beyond. The Sculpture Garden, as well as the museum’s striking lobby area, often serve as venues for weddings and other milestone events, as well as wine tastings, networking receptions, and other special events.
Visit MMoCA.org for a list of current exhibitions, upcoming events, and family activities.
The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.

Public access parking garage.

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.

Madison Senior Center
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.

Memorial Library
728 State

The principal research facility on the UW-Madison campus for the humanities and social sciences.

Memorial Union
800 Langdon

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 multiple on-site dining options to help meet the dining needs of everyone all in one place. Treasured by generations of community members and visitors, Memorial Union is a place to come to socialize, relax, study and be nourished.

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.

Monona Terrace Parking
1 John Nolen

Public access parking located at the Monona Terrace.

Mullins Apartments
401 N Carroll

Mullins Apartments offers many different units spread out across the Madison area, most of them in the heart of the downtown and the University of Wisconsin campus area.

Outdoor UW
800 Langdon

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 with customized outings. Live your adventure on (and off) the Isthmus with Outdoor UW!

Ovation 309 Parking
309 W Johnson

Public access parking garage.

(608) 258-4141
www.overture.org
Certificates accepted here

A performing arts center with ten resident organizations, presenting Broadway, music, theater, comedy, art exhibitions and educational and community events.

Overture Center Garage
318 W Mifflin

City of Madison operated parking ramp.

One of three University of Wisconsin-Extension Conference Centers.

Rare Steakhouse
14 W Mifflin
(608) 204-9000
www.raresteaks.com
Certificates accepted here

A classic steakhouse and seafood restaurant, featuring over 200 different wines. Lunch and dinner.

Revel Craft Bar
107 N Hamilton
(608) 286-1369
revelmadison.com
Certificates accepted here

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 available via the website.

Roll Play
449 State

Roll Play is Madison's most awesome board game cafe! We aim to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for your board game enjoyment.

City of Madison operated parking facility.

City of Madison operated parking garage.

City of Madison operated short-term parking stalls. Metered.

Steve Brown Apartments
120 W Gorham

Quality Madison apartments for students, professionals and families with options for any individual or group: Studio apartments, Downtown Madison apartments, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and up.

Tenney Plaza Garage
142 E Main

Public access parking garage.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

High quality urban development and property management. Offering downtown office, retail and luxury apartments from studio to two bedrooms.

US Bank Plaza Parking
10 S Webster

Public access parking garage.

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.

VR Galaxy
449 State

Our state of the art equipment will amaze your friends, and our multiplayer games will keep you coming back for more.

Wheelhouse Studios
800 Langdon

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 easy to engage in the arts at Wheelhouse.

Classes include drawing, painting, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, dance, cooking, music, print making and fabric arts, Wheelhouse Studios is your creativity outlet in the heart of campus.

An independently financed, nonprofit alumni organization for UW-Madison alumni.

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.

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) Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reservations requested for groups of ten or more.

Wisconsin State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr.

Serves the legal information needs of state officers and employees, attorneys and the public.

The Wisconsin Union Campus Event Services Office team makes it easy to host your event at some beloved campus locations in Madison, including Memorial Union and Union South. From team meetings and private parties to regional conferences and spectacular weddings – this team has the rooms, food and experience to make your event feel effortless and memorable.

Offering instructive exhibits highlighting important events in Wisconsin military history from the Civil War to the present.

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Downtown Ambassadors

Stop by the Downtown Visitor Center at 452 State St. or our seasonal Downtown Information Booth located at the top of State Street for information, directions and a welcoming smile.