Museum in Madison

Museum of Contemporary Art

It's worth popping into the angular glass building to see what's showing. Diego Rivera? Claes Oldenburg? Exhibits change every three months or so. The museum connects to the Overture Center for the Arts, home to jaz…
Gardens in Madison


The campus' 1260-acre arboretum is dense with lilac and 20 miles of trails.
Market in Madison

Dane County Farmers Market

On Saturdays, a food bazaar takes over Capitol Sq. It's one of the nation's most expansive markets, famed for its artisanal cheeses and breads. In winter it moves indoors to varying locations.
Notable Building in Madison

State Capitol

The X-shaped capitol is the largest outside Washington, DC, and marks the heart of downtown. Tours are available on the hour most days, or you can go up to the observation deck on your own for a view (summer only).
Museum in Madison

Chazen Museum of Art

The university's art museum is huge and fabulous, fresh off an expansion and way beyond the norm for a campus collection. The 3rd floor holds most of the genre-spanning trove: everything from the Old Dutch Masters t…
Architecture in Madison

Monona Terrace

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the cool, white semicircular structure in 1938, though it wasn't completed until 1997. The one-hour tours ($5) explain why; they're offered daily at 1pm May through October (Friday throug…
Performing Arts in Madison

Overture Center for the Arts

Home to jazz, opera, dance and other performing arts; the building connects to the Museum of Contemporary Art.