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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Address: 1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703-3468
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+1 608-261-4000
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 00:00

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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Location, Location, Location

You could not find a more beautiful location for a a building of this nature. Overlooking Lake Monona you can watch sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards or fisherman angling for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Appleton, WI
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Appleton, WI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You could not find a more beautiful location for a a building of this nature. Overlooking Lake Monona you can watch sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards or fisherman angling for bluegills of the walkway beneath you. On the other side of the terrace you have a view of the State Capitol Building. Just beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

summer wednesday night concerts with food and drinks are fun and family-friendly (unfortunately mosquitoes persist). great views as above. close to paisans for more fam-friendly food and outdoor seating.

Thank Mihaela B
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour was excellent and well worth the time. Monona is a beautiful space, even in the winter. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. Check out the gift store!

Thank ldalke
West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Was here for a work function and really enjoyed this venue. Located on the lake where Otis Redding 's plane crashed and there is a nice tribute to him there

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We went here for Chosen Few MMA Fights. We had a lot of fun. plenty of room and great event. It was nice to have the option to eat and drink too.

Thank Renee T
Batavia, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

A Dream Realized in Madison One of our favorite architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, was never accused of being short on dreams and visions. From the smallest of homes to the largest of hotels and even entire cities, Wright was a master of design and was certainly far ahead of his time. One such design proposal was for a “dream civic... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had my daughters reception here. Everything was flawless down to the very smallest of details. The view and ambiance were spectacular. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed the food and dance afterward. Dance floor was a little small, but it did not seem to bother anyone.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

I was surprised that this terrace was closed on 1st of January. I was surprised that it is closed for evenings, so before you go better check hours. But still you can get a glimpse of great lake view through the glass elevator and great view on the Capitol (parking is free off hours).

Thank Anna G
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

For the last two years my niece and I have attended the Fair Trade Arts and Crafts Fair at Monona Terrace. The building in and of itself is a work of art, Frank Lloyd Wright design. The walls of the Terrace on the main entrance level (on the way to the gift shop) has the history of Frank Lloyd Wright.... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

We saw the fountain on the roof at Monona Terrace from the Capitol. The view is unhindered. We just did not know what the fountain represented. We elected to drive to the Terrace and park to tour it. We did not realize we could have walked as it was a pretty day. Parking was not a problem though. The Community... More 

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