United States

227 State Street

Phone: 608.257.0158

Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, independent organization that exists to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art.

It serves the art life of the community by creating opportunities for direct experience with works of art, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about art, and by offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art.

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s permanent collection traces its origins to a major gift from Rudolph and Louise Langer in 1968. The Langers became active supporters of MMoCA’s predecessor, the Madison Art Association, in 1927, when they moved to Madison from the East Coast. Their gift to the museum four decades later included a large collection of works on paper, including an exceptional group of modern Mexican prints. Through donations and museum purchases, the collection has grown to become an important community resource. Works span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and represent many esteemed artists.

The collection includes works by some of the most significant American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A portion of works in the collection reflect significant exhibitions presented by the museum; Wisconsin-based artists are also well represented.

Through ongoing support from donors, the permanent collection has become a valuable community resource, assuming a vital role in fulfilling the museum's mission to preserve and interpret visual art for the enrichment and enjoyment of the general public.


Signs of the Times: Robert Rauschenberg's America
September 13, 2009–January 3, 2010

Signs of the Times: Robert Rauschenberg's America presents 59 lithographs and screenprints from three major print series created from 1968 to 1970.

Previous Exhibitions

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Rob and Christian Clayton: Inside Out
September 10–December 19, 2010

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will present the first major museum exhibition dedicated to the bold, colorful drawings, paintings, and sculptures of Rob and Christian Clayton. The Clayton Brothers work together closely to construct objects that are both narrative and deeply personal. Front and center are the unique people, animals, and places that occupy the outskirts of the American psyche. These works are created in an obsessively rich, cartoon-inspired manner and often incorporate related audio elements.


Free admission

Opening hours

Tuesday-Thursday noon - 5 pm
Friday noon - 8 pm
Saturday 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday noon - 5 pm
Closed Monday

Getting there

Traveling to Downtown Madison from Milwaukee via I-94:
Follow I-94 as it turns into Highway 30. Take the Highway 151 exit ("State Capitol" exit) on your right. Highway 151 turns into East Washington Avenue. Follow East Washington Avenue all the way to the Capitol building. Take a right onto Pinckney Street. Follow Pinckney for a block and turn left onto Mifflin Street. Follow Mifflin for two blocks. Turn left onto Carroll Street. Note: the Capitol is ringed by one-way streets. At the next set of stoplights turn right onto West Washington Avenue. Follow that for two blocks and turn right onto Henry Street. At the 4-way stop drive on to the next block (where the Overture Center building is located), or take a left and park in the Overture Center parking ramp.

Traveling to Downtown Madison from Chicago via I-90:
Take Exit 142 on your left; this is Hwy 12-18. Follow Hwy 12-18 seven miles to the John Nolen Drive exit, which is on your right. Follow John Nolen Drive into Madison along the lake. As you approach the city, you will go through a set of stop lights, over a small bridge, and a second set of stop lights. Then turn left onto Broom Street. Follow Broom Street 6 blocks to Dayton Street. Turn right on Dayton, which will lead you to the Overture Center Parking Ramp on your right. You can park and enter the Overture Center building 1/2 block further up the street.

Traveling to Downtown Madison from Minneapolis via I-90/94:
Take Exit 135A, which is on your right, for US-151 South. After you head south for about 1/2 mile, take a right onto US-151, which turns into East Washington Avenue. Follow East Washington Avenue all the way to the Capitol (the dome is visible i...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions, lectures, tours, and special events at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact the museum at 608.257.0158 regarding special accommodations for persons with limited mobility, sight, or hearing. Relay Service is available by dialing AT&T @ 711.

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Venue hire

Lecture Hall
MMoCA’s state-of-the-art lecture hall is available for presentations, film screenings, talks, panel discussions, piano and small music recitals, and more. The space seats 230 and has a small stage and a full range of audio-visual equipment for use with film, video, DVD, and computer.

The museum’s spacious lobby boasts high ceilings, black granite floors, large windows, and a stunning three-story glass staircase. This space is perfect for standing cocktail receptions during the museum’s public hours of operation, or small seated dinner events when the museum is closed. Because it is adjacent to the lecture hall, the lobby combines well with presentations or recitals that also incorporate a reception.

Rooftop Sculpture Garden
The rooftop sculpture garden is a very special venue for outdoor events during warm months. Guests on the rooftop enjoy stunning third-story views of Madison, from the Capitol dome to Bascom Hill, as well as bird’s eye views of the State Street pedestrian mall and the surrounding rooftops. The opportunity to view large-scale outdoor sculptures by renowned artists adds to the venue’s charm, as do the many plantings and grassy areas. The sculpture garden accommodates 300 people standing or 150 seated in chairs for an outdoor wedding. For an additional charge, guests may have white frame tents installed for their event through Bucky’s Rentals. Tents can accommodate up to 64 guests seated at banquet tables, 48 guests seated at round tables, 80 seated in chairs for a ceremony (with an aisle) or 160 guests standing. Please see 20’ x 20’, 20’ x 30’, and 20’ x 40’ tents for more information or contact...+ [ Read all ]