A view of Monona Terrace from Lake Monona. The sky is clear and sunny and a reflection of the building at its larger arched windows can be seen in the lake water.

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Frank Lloyd Wright design. Stunning water views. Located right in the heart of downtown Madison.

The Monona Terrace® Community & Convention Center is a meeting venue you can't find anywhere else. 

This spectacular 250,000 square-foot, multi-level facility features public promenades, meeting rooms with striking lake views and the attached Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. Gracing the rooftop is a 68,000 square-foot garden that may be reserved for events.

And the location? Just two blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol. On the shores of Lake Monona. It doesn't get any better.

Want an invigorating space for your attendees to learn, network and recharge? Monona Terrace is the perfect place.

Facility Features and Services

  • 40,000 square-foot exhibition hall
  • 14,000 square-foot ballroom
  • 310 seat multimedia lecture hall
  • 20 additional meeting rooms (28,000 square feet total)
  • Award-winning in-house caterer
  • In-house audio-visual team and equipment for virtual meetings
  • Business center
  • Lakeside bike/hike path
  • 600-space attached parking garage
  • Art/exhibit area and expansive areas for registration/information needs


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Monona Terrace has taken many proactive steps to ensure that events will be held in the safest and most responsible manner, including achieving GBAC STAR™️ facility accreditation The cleaning staff are GBAC-Trained Technicians and all staff have received training on safety protocols. See all information on their COVID-19 response here.


Frank Lloyd Wright was a pioneer of organic architecture and Monona Terrace does its best to live up to his vision. Whether it's the use of green cleaning products, composting or more complex initiatives like LEED certification, Monona Terrace strives for sustainability.

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Monona Terrace is a Platinum Level LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Building) certified green building by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Monona Terrace is recognized as a Travel Green Wisconsin Member by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for continuing to improve operations in order to reduce environmental impact.


Revamped recycling practices have more than doubled the overall recycling rate for the building. Monona Terrace currently recycles more than 50% of its solid waste stream.

Green Purchasing 

The use of non-toxic green cleaning products has been implemented throughout the building. Monona Terrace partnered with the City of Madison, in following with the City's Natural Step initiative, to purchase environmentally-friendly cleaning products at a bulk pricing rate. This encouraged many city departments that were not green cleaning to begin using environmentally-friendly products.

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The use of recyclables, including plastic cups at water stations and outdoor events, box lunch packaging, copy paper and toner cartridges, are all examples of how environmental factors are fused into Monona Catering. In addition, leftover foods are donated to local food pantries, many condiments are presented in bulk packaging and custom organic menus are available.

Leonardo Academy 

The Leonardo Academy is a Madison-based organization that focuses on a wide variety of sustainability issues. For clients that seek ways to reduce their footprint on the environment, Monona Terrace offers the Leonardo Academy's Cleaner and Greener Program as an option. This program has been offsetting emissions caused by events since 2001. A study indicated an annual reduction of carbon dioxide building emissions by 5,471 tons as compared to comparable convention centers in similar climatic zones.

Renewable Energy 

One hundred percent of electrical energy and non-electric carbon emissions at Monona Terrace is purchased renewable power. Although the facility usage continues to increase, and additions have been made to the building, Monona Terrace uses 27% less energy on average than other convention centers in similar climatic areas.

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