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Chazen Museum of Art

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Address: 750 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706-1411
Phone Number: 608-263-2246
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Tue - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs,...

This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures from prehistoric times to modern day. Special exhibitions showcasing local artists take place throughout the year.

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Nice collection (especially contemporary works) and it's free!

Spent an hour or so wandering the galleries and really enjoyed the eclectic collection. And, it's a lovely building,too. Best of all: no charge!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent an hour or so wandering the galleries and really enjoyed the eclectic collection. And, it's a lovely building,too. Best of all: no charge!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a cool place. I love the expansion that they did a number of years ago. I always get inspired when I go there and really every time I visit I leave happy. Some of the art like the kissing goats, one of my faves, just made me burst out laughing seeing it in person. I'm not sure if that's... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Chazen is the university's art museum and it is well endowed. It has an extensive collection and recently doubled its space so more can be shown at any one time. It also has several spaces for special exhibits. Since it's free, it's the sort of place I like to go to and just visit one room at a time.

Thank Casey G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent one hour and a half there still didn't finish watching all the exhibits!!! This is a wonderful place with so many amazing masterworks!!!! It's much bigger than I thought and it definitely worth a visit. Plus Admission is free!!!

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Curators and donors have a taste for unusual art. Salvatore Dali came to my mind several times when viewing the collection. Try to find the gorgeous view of Lake Mendota from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the hallway connecting two wings of the museum. If coming by car, the Lake Street indoor parking garage was less than a block from... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful artwork and rotating exhibits make this a great option for a rainy afternoon or a snowy day!

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Madison during a heat wave. What better way to spend the hot afternoon but in the Chazen Museum. The museum is right on the University campus. The museum was cool and comfortable. We spent several hours there as there was so much to see with such an eclectic collection. There was Flemish paintings and modern art. We hadn't... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not an Art enthusiast and I will declare I honestly really do not know the subject. Nevertheless, I have found it interesting just to wander around and look at the various pieces of work, even without a full appreciation or understanding of it. Some works set me off thinking what is this about? Why is it supposed to... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Other art museums might blow you away with greatest hits paintings. This one has few. But it is nevertheless a great collection, even for the connaisseur. You will find great stuff to contemplate, and it is free entrance to all. The galleries are often fairly empty for reasons that are hard to understand. But that means you'll have quiet contemplation... More 

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Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The Chazen has beautifully designed display space and covers a broad spectrum of art. I was attending a seminar on the UW campus and stopped in for just an hour during lunch. I was delighted to find that it was free and found a number of gems as I quickly perused it. One delightful find was a Salvador Dali painting... More 

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