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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Address: One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-261-4000
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am

Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the...

Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the world's greatest architects. Tour highlights include dramatic open spaces, curvilinear forms, breathtaking views, and a picture exhibit of noted photographer Pedro Guerrero. Weather permitting, guests can also visit the rooftop. Tours run daily at 1pm and cost $3 for adults and $2 for students. Free events during the spring and summer months include Concerts on the Rooftop, Dane Dances and Tunes at Monona Terrace concerts series, T'ai Chi, Lakeside Kids children's program, architectural Wright Lecture series, as well as numerous other programs for all ages. We also offer outreach programs for students. The Gift Shop, located on level 4 inside Monona Terrace, has a unique selection of Wright-inspired gifts, Wisconsin souvenirs, and specialty Items. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.

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Great for business functions

beautiful inside and out. great historical photos with info throughout the building. staff was helpful & friendly

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful inside and out. great historical photos with info throughout the building. staff was helpful & friendly

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, many many many years in the making. I have visited many times and the staff are great. Parking is more expensive than other lots downtown, so if you are going to be there for awhile, park elsewhere. The architecture and view are wonderful.

Thank JesseWhite
Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We go at lease twice a year - great for a romantic walk ....close to everything! I love the main fountain - great for photos with the Capitol in the back! Closes about 10:30 pm. This location is also perfect for wedding pics! ENJOY! VIVA WIS!

Thank heidi D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We just went for the New years Eve party and the kids had a blast. The place is.very clean, with great views of the lake. We could see the christmas lights across the lake in Olin Turville park. Great time, nice staff.

Thank Aaron L
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Excellent convention center. Parking is tricky but once you figure it out its easy. Lots of display area. Go in the summer and spend time on the roof. Great for city views and that view over the lake. Highly recommended.

Thank Delmar M
Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Attended Edgewood College graduation What a beautiful place I could stare at the lake for hours. The building lends itself to many functions. Madison should be proud.

Thank Wrigley48
Doral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I was here for a conference in June. The meals provided served all people attending the conference. The staff at the facilities were friendly. For June, I thought it was a little chilly inside with the air at times and the buildings bathrooms are on either side of the building (Sometimes I felt like I was out of a session... More 

Thank bolivey
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This Convention Center opened in 1997 after 60 years of debate. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 as a cultural, government and recreational building. It was reworked several times between 1938 and 1959. Final plans were completed  seven weeks before his death. The plans were finally approved in 1992 as a community and convention center. Wright’s... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Was here for an industry awards banquet. I was impressed with the ease of access and the way things were served efficiently.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

The building itself is nice, with panoramic views of the lake. Fantastic roof top deck to take in the lake and Wisconsin Capitol building. Catering is terrible, food quality is poor. Service is mediocre and service areas are loud and distracting during presentations.

Thank jra3

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