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Monona Terrace

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed a design for Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in 1938. His architectural vision for the City of Madison—a curvilinear gathering place linking the shore of Lake Monona to the State Capitol—finally realized in 1997. A vision 59 years in the making.

Building Hours: daily from 8:00am-5:00pm except as noted below.

Rooftop Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm Friday/Saturday 8:00am-midnight (closed during inclement weather)

Gift Shop Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am-3:00pm

The building will be closed on the following dates in 2023: January 10-12, 16 | April 9 | May 29 | June 19 | July 4-7 | September 4 | November 23-24 | December 24-25

Upcoming Events

Sep 25, 2023
Thu, Sep 28, 2023 | 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

AAMVA 2023 Annual International Conference

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Lake Vista Café

Hours (weather permitting):
Friday, Sept. 22, 11am-5pm
Saturday, Sept.23, 11am-5pm
Sunday, Sept. 24, 11am-5pm (Last Day Open for 2023)

Food Menu | Drink Menu

LEED certification


In November 2021, Monona Terrace was certified as a “green building” at the Platinum Level by the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious LEED program.


Frank Lloyd Wright Monona Terrace architectural plans

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed a design for a “dream civic center” in 1938—his architectural vision for the City of Madison—Monona Terrace.

About Frank Lloyd Wright

exterior of Monona Terrace

Monona Terrace Video

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Gift Shop

From traditional home decor to stunning new jewelry, we have over 1,500 items, so you are sure to find something special for everyone. With our extensive line of ties, scarves, stained glass window hangings, clocks, pillows, vases, throws, and coasters, we have the perfect gift for you.