Exploring Madison Museums
© Wisconsin Veterans Museum


Madison's Capitol Square is a great place to start if you'd like to visit our many museums! The Wisconsin Historical Museum tour is full of wonderful information about Wisconsin's history, and includes artifacts, photographs and interactive multimedia programs to explore as you learn about the rich history of our state. When you're done, you won't want to miss the Madison Masonic Center, which showcases an impressive collection of historic Masonic memorabilia, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Next, head off to learn about those who have served for our country at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The Veterans Museum highlights important events, offers educational programs, and holds hundreds of books, photographs and archival collections for you to enjoy on your visit.

If you have children with you on your tour, take a short walk to the award-winning Madison Children's Museum to discover hands-on exhibits and programs that are designed to inspire learning through play. You can even find fresh-air fun at the Rooftop Ramble, a four-season garden with chickens, a pond, and plenty of green space where kids can explore the outdoors in the heart of downtown Madison.

Or, stop by the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum to take a look into Wisconsin's deep history. This museum tour allows you to touch rocks from when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin, examine sea creatures and get a glimpse of the dinosaurs that once roamed this area, and view many rocks and minerals from Wisconsin.

To enjoy some of Madison's amazing art displays and collections, take your tour to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art or the Chazen Museum of Art. Both are conveniently located right off State Street in downtown Madison.

Once you've enjoyed some of the great Museums downtown Madison has to offer, take the short drive to Middleton and tour the National Mustard Museum. You're sure to find a mustard you love after browsing the 5,000 different types of mustards from all 50 states and over 60 different countries! Or find yourself in nearby Mount Horeb and visit the Wally Keller Tool Museum, located in the Duluth Trading Company flagship store. It showcases hundreds of antique hand tools dating from 1865-1950, documenting the history of the working man. Finally, the Norwegian Heritage Center in Stoughton tells immigration stories through artifacts, exhibits and a genealogy center.