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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Address: 1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703-3468
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+1 608-261-4000
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 00:00

Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the...

Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the world's greatest architects. Tour highlights include dramatic open spaces, curvilinear forms, breathtaking views, and a picture exhibit of noted photographer Pedro Guerrero. Weather permitting, guests can also visit the rooftop. Tours run daily at 1pm and cost $3 for adults and $2 for students. Free events during the spring and summer months include Concerts on the Rooftop, Dane Dances and Tunes at Monona Terrace concerts series, T'ai Chi, Lakeside Kids children's program, architectural Wright Lecture series, as well as numerous other programs for all ages. We also offer outreach programs for students. The Gift Shop, located on level 4 inside Monona Terrace, has a unique selection of Wright-inspired gifts, Wisconsin souvenirs, and specialty Items. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.

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This is an amazing building, great for all sorts of events and the rooftop terrace has a wonderful view of the lake!

Reviewed 3 days ago
West Des Moines, Iowa
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an amazing building, great for all sorts of events and the rooftop terrace has a wonderful view of the lake!

Thank LifeAtlasTravel
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been here a few times for various conventions, and I always enjoy it. The location is absolutely perfect, the interior is well-kept, and the concessions are tasty. I love coming here for Pokemon Regional tournaments, as they have clean bathrooms and drinking fountains as well as tasty concessions and plenty of space to utilize when not playing in the... More 

Thank Jesca D
Durand, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely amazing, looking over the beautiful lake. It is like your in paradise with the breeze and sun. Very clean and close to shopping and food.

Thank Mike R
Appleton, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

You could not find a more beautiful location for a a building of this nature. Overlooking Lake Monona you can watch sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards or fisherman angling for bluegills of the walkway beneath you. On the other side of the terrace you have a view of the State Capitol Building. Just beautiful.

Thank Hiexpectations48
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

summer wednesday night concerts with food and drinks are fun and family-friendly (unfortunately mosquitoes persist). great views as above. close to paisans for more fam-friendly food and outdoor seating.

Thank Mihaela B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Our tour was excellent and well worth the time. Monona is a beautiful space, even in the winter. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. Check out the gift store!

Thank ldalke
West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Was here for a work function and really enjoyed this venue. Located on the lake where Otis Redding 's plane crashed and there is a nice tribute to him there

1 Thank unionmaid52
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We went here for Chosen Few MMA Fights. We had a lot of fun. plenty of room and great event. It was nice to have the option to eat and drink too.

Thank Renee T
Batavia, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

A Dream Realized in Madison One of our favorite architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, was never accused of being short on dreams and visions. From the smallest of homes to the largest of hotels and even entire cities, Wright was a master of design and was certainly far ahead of his time. One such design proposal was for a “dream civic... More 

Thank Richard R
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had my daughters reception here. Everything was flawless down to the very smallest of details. The view and ambiance were spectacular. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed the food and dance afterward. Dance floor was a little small, but it did not seem to bother anyone.

Thank 4csmiley

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