Museums in Madison

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Museums in Madison

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  • Betty
    2,643 contributions
    This art museum has a lot of world class pieces. There is a wide array of art from local to national and international artists. They expanded the museum since we last visited many years ago. Not sure how they can do this but admission is free. The only hard part is finding parking.

    Maps are not provided so plan ahead and print a map but they also have a QR scan at the desk to get a map.
    Written October 3, 2021
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  • Hannah
    Floral City, FL50 contributions
    So much to do and explore here. The indoor areas keep kids entertained for hours. And in the warmer months, the outdoor spaces are the best! The rooftop has a chicken coop - and if your visit it timed right, there may be baby chicks that the kids can touch/hold.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • suite1934
    Waunakee, WI71 contributions
    I have been several times. The exhibits are wonderful and amazing--the facility is larger than it looks from the outside. If you like military history (even if you don't), the exhibits don't disappoint.
    Written August 4, 2022
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  • Betty
    2,643 contributions
    The museum is well laid out and very interesting. There are lots of historical artifacts and exhibits of Wisconsin. The museum is free but you can make a donation.
    Written November 12, 2021
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  • Langmuir
    Rincon, Puerto Rico57 contributions
    Went with a group of teachers as part of a collaboration with UW-Madison. The person who gave us the tour was highly knowledgeable and clear in his explanations. The collection is quite good.
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • RickMarshall
    Brookfield, WI209 contributions
    This is a nice small museum with very unique offerings. I love Modern and Contemporary art, and this is an impressive home for rotating collections. I loved the atmosphere, a very low-key, contemplative vibe.
    Written November 2, 2019
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  • Nicolle Z
    Holt, MI656 contributions
    A beautiful view of the lake in one direction and a view of the historic observatory in the other. Plus, Celestial Bucky (on parade). Excellent visit all around!
    Written August 4, 2018
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  • kb3ixt
    Dubuque, IA31 contributions
    This little gem, located near the capitol, has a great taste of several different kinds of science. Let me start by saying the price is right. It is a free will donation, so if you are trying to find something on a budget, this is a good choice.

    All of their displays are interactive to a certain extent. Most of their displays, in some way, talk about lightwaves. They have a decommissioned External Beam Therapy unit that is used for cancer treatment which they show how the beams are used for radiation therapy. There is also a display with an old fashioned x-ray machine from the days they were used for shoe fitting.

    While we enjoyed our time there, it was not a very extended time. The museum is not very big. It is well worth the time for what is there, but don't expect the Franklin Institute. The displays are great, but there are not a lot of them. I highly encourage you to check it out on a rainy afternoon or when you have a little bit of time to fill and you aren't sure what to do. I would love to see this little museum gain some more support and become something bigger, but for the time I will say it is well worth the visit.,
    Written March 24, 2022
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  • Don S
    Madison, WI129 contributions
    The Madison Art Center is relatively small, but, as in most such cultural-related places in wonderful Madison, Wisconsin, it is quite good and very well-run with consistently interesting exhibits that change quite often.
    Written April 29, 2012
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  • suite1934
    Waunakee, WI71 contributions
    We go as often as we can. It is a beautiful space and its shows never disappoint. Walking State Street is a treat after a matinee with lots of places for snacks!
    Written August 4, 2022
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