Public Tours in Madison WI
Spend an hour with us on our Monona Terrace Tour and learn the history of Wright’s “dream civic center” project for his hometown of Madison. During our guided tours, visitors will discover Wright’s trademarks of dramatic open spaces, strong geometric forms, and breathtaking views of Lake Monona. From Wright lovers to those who are unfamiliar with his work, this inspirational tour will appeal to everyone and is the best way for first-time visitors to experience Monona Terrace. And for those who have been here before and want to learn more, this tour is perfect for you.
Tours are available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 1pm.
Admission is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per student age 5-17. Children 4 and under are free.
Building Accessibility Information
The building will be closed and no tours will be offered on:
January 10-12, 16 | April 9 | May 29 | June 19 | July 4-7 | September 4 | November 23-24 | December 24-25
Inspired by Wright
This hands-on Frank Lloyd Wright Tour demonstrates how Wright saw geometric shapes as underlying forms of nature and applied them to almost all his work. As you tour the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, you’ll learn how this unique site influenced Wright’s choice of geometry, which is expressed in nearly every aspect of the building and grounds. Then, you will use this newly gained knowledge and put together geometric forms to create your own Wright-inspired glass piece of art. This is an Essential Madison Experience, a hands-on experience designed for adults and young people alike. It’s authentic, immersive, and uniquely Madison.
Inspired by Wright: Saturday, April 29, 10am-Noon
This program is suited for adults and children 12+. The cost is $20. For groups of 10 or more, fill out the adult tour group reservation request below.
Monona Terrace offers informative tours for groups 10 or more and now include a Zoom tour. Our tours are scheduled by advance reservation only. Current Monona Terrace tours are as follows:
Architecture Tour: Discover the 60-year journey of Wright’s “dream civic center.”
The Wine & Cheese Tour or The Bubbly Tour: Choose a delightful ending to your 45 minute tour (for groups of 25 or more and 21 and older)
See other Frank Lloyd Wright designed properties on this scenic 200-mile trail that traverses through nine southern Wisconsin counties. Along the trail are nine sites, including Monona Terrace, that are chosen to provide architectural enthusiasts and casual visitors with a rich exposure to Wright’s genius.