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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
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+1 608-257-0158
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Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building on State Street, the...

Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building on State Street, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view.

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A beautiful building with some interesting exhibits

I didn't have enough time to truly appreciate the entire museum, but I liked much of what I saw, both architecturally and the art on display. Staff members are friendly and... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We only had a short time to spend in Madison and enjoyed spending an hour strolling through this museum. They had some good little activities to engage children in at least 2 of the rooms and a warning of inappropriate content for children for one exhibit. Impressive displays.

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

The exhibit I viewed with my children was well done, but only one of the three exhibits shown were appropriate for children...which is fine during the school year, but you would think when families are spending time together there would be exhibits they could all enjoy together.

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Thank Sheri S
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

I've stopped in several times and perused MMCA's yawn-inducing displays of whatever garbage they've thrown together. It's like going to a craft stand most of the time, with bad landscapes or cheap traveling exhibits. I can't believe this passes as contemporary, because I've never once seen anything remotely cutting edge or modern here. It's a beautiful building though, and what... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

I didn't have enough time to truly appreciate the entire museum, but I liked much of what I saw, both architecturally and the art on display. Staff members are friendly and helpful. The quality of the art varies, but some of it is quite good for a small city's museum.

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Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows was on exhibit and we all loved it. We are all very different in age and views but were all able to find something me liked. The museum is well set up. The only downside is several people walked through the museum and were distespectful.

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Thank Felicia G
Perrysburg, Ohio
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

We happened in for all the first Friday options at MMoCA. Drinks on the rooftop before the artist talk by Claire Stigliani. Her work and her words were an inspiration. Accessible and thought provoking. Must see MMoCA!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

Most of this museum is shut right now except for the exhibit above. It was incredible, really next level art.

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Madison, WI
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

I love MMoCA! They are a treasure to have here in Madison and they always choose the most interesting artists and exhibits! The shop in the museum is wonderful!

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Madison, WI
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

MMoCA is a beautiful representation of what a gallery should be. It brings artists from all over the world. A great experience!

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Chesterland, Ohio
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art does what many of the best contemporary art museums do, which is to provide an excellent setting for exhibitions that regularly change to keep the displays fresh. The setting itself if nice and, predictably modern. There is a lot of glass and natural light and good settings for displays ranging from an entire floor... More 

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