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  • 1. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


    A three-story glass structure, designed by Cesar Pelli, juts out above the intersection of State and Henry streets and is home to this superb...Read More

  • 2. Olbrich Botanical Gardens


    On Madison's far-east side, this garden has been acclaimed by Horticulture Magazine as being among North America's top ten. What sets the...Read More

  • 3. Capitol Square


    As the hub of downtown Madison, the streets that branch out from Capitol Square are lined with shops, restaurants, and cafés, which means a...Read More

  • 4. Chazen Museum of Art


    One of the state's best art museums, the Chazen Museum of Art, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, houses a permanent collection...Read More

  • 5. Henry Vilas Zoo


    Tucked into the residential Lake Wingra and Vilas Park neighborhoods, the zoo is supported by a local zoological society and completely free...Read More

  • 6. Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

    Building/Architectural Site

    A showpiece on downtown Madison's skyline, this contemporary, curvy white structure hugs Lake Monona's shoreline. Although designed by Frank...Read More

  • 7. University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Educational Institution

    The flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin system enrolls around 40,000 students, making it the state's largest campus. Catering to...Read More

  • 8. Wisconsin Historical Museum


    From Native American cultures to contemporary social issues, this museum houses permanent and changing exhibits that reveal Wisconsin's history...Read More

  • 9. Wisconsin State Capitol

    Government Building

    The Roman Renaissance–style Wisconsin State Capitol is the only state capitol building along an isthmus. Although the fifth building to serve...Read More

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