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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703
608-261-4000
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Ranked #12 of 52 attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Convention Centers, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the world's greatest... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Wantagh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

All Madison visitors should stop here. I highly recommend visiting at 1:00 for a guided tour. The architecture is fascinating and there are fascinating exhibits about Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition, there are wonderful views of the city from the rooftop, along with a rooftop cafe. Often, there are events on the roof.

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Burton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Across from the State Capital, along the Monona Lake Shore. Great views of the lake and city, with gardens and a great little outdoor café. We ate here and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I had a great burger and even greater "portabella fries". Very reasonably priced and fun to sit under the umbrella, outdoors on a beautiful day.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We hosted our wedding here and it was a great venue. There are a few quirks with such a large place, but overall, we had a good experience at a good price. As a visitor, the gift shop has some nice local treasures. On the east side of the Terrace there is a great outdoor cafe where you can have... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

When we visited Monona Terrace, it was filled with well dresses men and women wearing their best gowns, either for a weddings in process, or for Proms. This gave a festive air to the terraces that face the lake. It's nice to think that architect Frank Lloyd Wright's vision for the site was finally achieved, albeit years after his death.

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Fredonia, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a great place to convention at. The view is stunning. It has ample parking. The food was delicious. The venue was extremely clean. The downtown is a hop skip and a jump away.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Worth a few minutes to walk around; connected by heated (cooled?) skybridge from the Hilton hotel. Farmers/community market every Saturday morning; they move it inside in cold weather. Looks like nice meeting/conference space as well.

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Wisconsin
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We didn't take the formal tour of the convention center, but we did walk around and made a purchase in the gift shop. We then ate lunch on the rooftop cafe. Excellent!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

As a local I do not appreciate this building at all. Roof top is for tourists and inside is for lousy conventions and its visitors. Interior has nothing special about and you won't find any locals in there except those who work in that building. Occasionally I would use the elevator to take me from lake level to the Capitol... More

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Massachusetts
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Came for the winter version of this art fair and IT WAS SO AWESOME. I have never seen so much beauty and talent in one place, and I am an art fair geek! Everything was so awesome, and it was completely accessible. Great time.

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Burlington, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We have been coming here for almost a decade for the WI Music Educator's Convention and these guys always go a great job. Start to finish we wish more convention halls had this level of commitment and pride in their work. See you all next year!

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