The best museums in Madison in December 2023

These are the top 5 best museums in Madison, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Madison? These are the best ones:

  1. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art1

    Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

    Madison, WI
    The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), previously known as the Madison Art Center, is an independent, non-profit institution situated in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. This museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of contemporary art pieces.
  2. Henry Vilas Zoo2

    Henry Vilas Zoo

    Madison, WI
    Henry Vilas Zoo, located in Madison, Wisconsin, spans across 28 acres and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This accreditation ensures that the zoo meets the highest standards of animal care and welfare, making it a reliable and safe destination for visitors interested in wildlife.
  3. Chazen Museum3

    Chazen Museum

    Madison, WI
    The Chazen Museum of Art is a renowned art museum situated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a significant cultural institution in the region, offering a diverse range of art exhibits and collections. The museum is easily accessible and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to explore and appreciate art in a vibrant academic setting.
  4. Wisconsin Veterans Museum4

    Wisconsin Veterans Museum

    Madison, WI
    The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is situated in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin, on Capitol Square. This location is easily accessible and offers a rich historical context, making it an ideal destination for those interested in learning about the experiences of Wisconsin's veterans.
  5. Olbrich Botanical Gardens5

    Olbrich Botanical Gardens

    Madison, WI

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