Wisconsin’s Museums

Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are partnering to highlight Wisconsin’s amazing creative resources during Creative Economy Week, May 11-18, 2019. This year the focus is on Wisconsin’s museums – arts, history, environmental, science, childrens, and all sorts of other museums located throughout the state. We’ll be updating our photo album with photos of Wisconsin museums up to and continuing through Creative Economy Week.  (There’s also a Creative Economy Week Facebook photo album.)  If your museum isn’t listed here, send up to three photos and a brief description to Arts Wisconsin at info@artswisconsin.org.

Cedarburg Art Museum
Located in the heart of Cedarburg in a stunning 1898 red brick Victorian home, the Cedarburg Art Museum champions historic and contemporary local arts through its collection, exhibitions, events and museum shop. The museum is free and open to the public. Featuring D.K. Palecek: Unclenched Explorationand Peter Kudlata Abstract Inspirations. The Beer Garden opens for the season on June 6! Learn more at cedarburgartmuseum.org.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts
The only museum devoted to the creation, preservation, and education of fiber art in Wisconsin. Located in a fully restored 1850s barn, visitors enjoy rotating exhibitions and a locally crafted artwork in the Gift Shop. www.wiquiltmuseum.com

Green Bay:
Neville Public Museum

The Neville Public Museum is an accredited cultural institution that champions history, science and art.  Located in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, the museum is dedicated to the collection and preservation of significant objects relevant to Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The museum seeks to bridge these multi-generational regional communities through engaging exhibits and dynamic programmingwww.nevillepublicmuseum.org

Madison Children’s Museum
Play matters. It’s how we learn to invent, share, and explore. Madison Children’s Museum bursts with chances to play and learn: to stretch bodies and minds, solve problems, create art, make friends, and, most of all, have fun.

Across the three floors of the award-winning Madison Children’s Museum, children up to 12 years old explore, learn, and most important, have fun, in a variety of interactive environments. The littlest visitors can wander through the Wildernest, a rustic play-space built almost entirely from natural materials and sustainably harvested hardwoods. Toddlers climb into the raised treehouse or take temporary residence in a mini-village of activity huts made from straw and mud. Suspended above the Wildernest is the Bone Ridge, an elevated walkway designed to resemble the vertebrae of a large animal, perhaps a sea serpent or a giant’s pet snake. Afterwards, visitors can refuel with a snack at The Roman Candle Sparkler, and maybe even dessert, made of cloth and felt, at Pie in the Sky Diner, all while the museum mascot, Gertrude the Cow, hangs from the ceiling and keeps watch.

The apex of MCM, the Rooftop Ramble, stands tall above a sweeping view of the Madison skyline, two lakes, and the museum itself. Kids can explore the wonders of the greenhouse and live-animal terrariums. This outdoor garden can be enjoyed by a wide age-range: adults sip cocktails among fluttering chickens and homing pigeons during private events–from weddings to family reunions and corporate events.


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building on State Street, admission to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free. Step in to be engaged in the power of modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.  www.mmoca.org

Two Rivers:
Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum houses the country’s largest collection of wood type and printing equipment. Our working collection is used by experienced artists, novice printers and people who love the printed word. We attract visitors from all over the world to our monthly workshops, drop-in printing sessions and our annual “Wayzgoose” conference. www.woodtype.org/

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Ever-Changing Exhibitions, Always-Free Admission

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, in the heart of Wausau, Wisconsin, is North Central Wisconsin’s renowned cultural attraction, known for its internationally acclaimed Birds in Art  exhibition each fall, diverse and ever-changing exhibitions year-round, sculpture gardenArt Park, dynamic programs for all ages and life stages, and a commitment to always-free admission that provides barrier-free access to the visual arts.

Offering art-making programs highlighting and celebrating Creative Economy Week, May 11-18, the Woodson Art Museum encourages all to support, encourage, and spark creativity with frequent Woodson Art Museum visits, year-round.

  • Art of the natural world is the guiding spirit behind the paintings, works on paper, and sculpture in the Museum’s collection.
  • Diverse exhibitions feature artwork from around the world and change more often than the seasons.
  • Enriching programs and events for all ages enliven exhibition themes.
  • Artist residencies offer opportunities for in-depth understanding of mediums and processes through public programs, demonstrations, and hands-on learning.
  • Committed to always-free admission, the Museum is a valued community resource and north central Wisconsin cultural attraction.

As one of only two art museums to receive a 2017 National Medal – the nation’s highest museum honor given for significant and exceptional contributions to its community, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum received this recognition from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, all of which are eligible for the award.   more at www.lywam.org.