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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
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Stellar lake view

We walked up to Monona Terrace after visiting the farmer's market and the view of Lake Monona was stellar! The landscaping and flowers were immaculately kept. We did not use the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Georgetown, Kentucky
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Georgetown, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked up to Monona Terrace after visiting the farmer's market and the view of Lake Monona was stellar! The landscaping and flowers were immaculately kept. We did not use the convention center, so I cannot speak for that, but it is a relaxing place to people watch and enjoy a nice summer breeze.

Thank Ashley39440
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An architect's dream tour. My husband is an architect so he was very interested in the building and the history of The man behind it all. The rest of us were along just for the fun. Not very interesting tour of you are not into architecture. Tour guide was a little dry and was adoring the carpet more than the... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been on a tour of FLW structures across the US. It was good to see the structure and learn how it was designed and built in FLW's later years. The building design is beautiful as it sits on/over Lake Monona. It fits nicely with a direct view of the Capitol. It is modern in that it has a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing. It is definitely a place to stop if you are in Madison. You have an amazing view of the lake and you can see people fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, etc. It is great for all ages and is very close to the downtown area.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had spent the day at the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Spring Green and heard the story of this building, so when we got back to town, we had to check it out. It offered nice views of the lake and was very spacious. We went in the evening, so the cafes were closed and there weren't too many... More 

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Waunakee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place for a convention or even just dropping by on a walk in downtown Madison. A good view of Lake Monona and there is a photo gallery of other Frank Lloyd Wright inspired buildings.

Thank MikeRipp
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Monona Terrace for several business conventions, both as an exhibitor, attendee, and host. This is a very nice establishment made especially for 1 day conferences. Anything more than 1 day is a bit of a challenge due to hotel placement. Although connected to the Hilton, the room block options can be limited forcing your attendees and vendors... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say anything about the convention center, as we didn't even go inside, but the rooftop terrace was great. There is a great view of the capitol building, tables and chairs at which to sit and enjoy the lake, flowered sculpture gardens, an outdoor cafe restaurant, and clean public restrooms.

Thank Janet S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan, so we stopped in Madison to see this building. Free to walk around inside and outside. They had $5 tours at 1:00pm, but we didn't take the tour. It was nice to walk around the rooftop. Had a quick lunch at the cafe with nice outdoor seating overlooking the water.

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Downtown Madison just a few blocks from the Capitol is this marvelous walking space. The gently sloping ramps allow easy access for all. The plants are carefully tended and add softness to the concrete setting.

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