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Chazen Museum of Art

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Address: 750 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706
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+1 608-263-2246
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11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs,...

This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures from prehistoric times to modern day. Special exhibitions showcasing local artists take place throughout the year.

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Great temporary exhibits

We recently returned to the Chazen to see the temporary exhibits--one of photographs of European church facades and the other of French cartoons lithografts. Both were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently returned to the Chazen to see the temporary exhibits--one of photographs of European church facades and the other of French cartoons lithografts. Both were interesting, visually pleasing, and well presented. We parked in the Lake Street public parking ramp, just a short walk from the museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is located off the University's Library Mall just beyond the end of State Street. It has a well-curated collection of art from various periods and continents, including medieval to modern Europe, as well as Africa, Asia, and an impressive collection of contemporary work. The collection is deceptively large for a free museum. Allow plenty of time if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First this museum is larger than we expected and it is free. Beautiful building with an excellent variety of art. Gift shop and coat closet in addition.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had some time to kill waiting for my daughter so decided to take in this museum. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of it's collection. It ran the gamut from ancient to contemporary pieces. Some was very good and some was amusing. Admission is free. They have maps at the front desk. You should allow 2-3... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Spent an afternoon here just wandering and have surprise after surprised. A wonderful and eclectic collection. I am a fan of Calder and Moore and was delighted to be up close to their work in a way rare in other museums. Was also introduced to new artists, especially sculptors I didn't know. The museum was full of college students, parents... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I went with two kids under 12 specifically to see Shakespeare's First Folio. The exhibit with the folio was excellent and helped the younger child understand why Shakespeare is important. While there we also looked at the Markus Brunetti Cathedral exhibit-very cool. Both kids loved this part of our visit.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We went specifically to see the Markus Brunetti Photographic Exhibition, on its only visit outside New York. Drive there see, fly there, walk, to this exhibition of about 20 Very Large photos (just not the right word to describe these works of art). I was totally blown away by these spectacular images of selected European Cathederals. Do yourself a favor... More 

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Madison
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

A very expansive contemporary museum on the campus on the UW-Madison that is centrally located, with Van Galder Coach Lines and Badger Bus that stop right in front (for same day travelers). The multiples displays are houses within a cubist post-modern multi-level interior which is easy to navigate and stroll through. Classic Greek artifacts highlight the breath and scope of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

If you enjoy art, this is a must stop on a visit to the University of wiscon or to Madison. There are two connected buildings which themselves are very interesting. The collection is quite eclectic. allow a couple of hours. Admission is free.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This art museum is a hidden gem. Don't go when you're in a hurry. There are also benches to rest throughout.

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