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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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Excellent facility for wedding reception

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I was surprised that this terrace was closed on 1st of January. I was surprised that it is closed for evenings, so before you go better check hours. But still you can get a glimpse of great lake view through the glass elevator and great view on the Capitol (parking is free off hours).

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

For the last two years my niece and I have attended the Fair Trade Arts and Crafts Fair at Monona Terrace. The building in and of itself is a work of art, Frank Lloyd Wright design. The walls of the Terrace on the main entrance level (on the way to the gift shop) has the history of Frank Lloyd Wright.... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We saw the fountain on the roof at Monona Terrace from the Capitol. The view is unhindered. We just did not know what the fountain represented. We elected to drive to the Terrace and park to tour it. We did not realize we could have walked as it was a pretty day. Parking was not a problem though. The Community... More 

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Dafter, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Went to the Farmer's Market and it is a large, clean conference center right on the water. Very nice place.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

A one day conference brought me to Madison at the Monona Terrace Convention Center and while it seems similar to many convention centers I visit, what set it apart were the beautiful lakeside views, walking casually through the building on different levels, I was constantly finding myself looking out the large windows. Good internet speeds, friendly staff; all good. But... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

If you wish to take pictures of the lake, it is the perfect place. I don't advice to go in windy days. It is freezing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Attended business conference at Monona. Nice design with good flows, excellent views of Lake Monona, and a short walk to the square and State of Wisconsin Capitol Building. Onsite catering was very well done with great choices and very good tasting food (not often the case at conferences). Wide spaces, well lit and well designed for natural light where possible.... More 

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Houghton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I was here for the SAF national convention in 2016. The location is convenient in downtown Madison and the convention center is attached to the Hilton. The capitol is only a couple of blocks away, and there is parking at Monona Terrace as well as in several municipal lots nearby for about $2/hr. There are some really large spaces which... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Attended an international conference here and found the facilities very adequate for our needs. The meeting space was roomy and plentiful allowing for multiple sessions. Everything is centrally located without being too spread out. The views of Lake Monona are spectacular and the rooftop garden amazing. Within close walking distance to hotels, restaurants, bars, and the State Capitol.

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