Wisconsin Arts & Culture

Wisconsin is home to countless museums and theaters that make up the vibrant arts and entertainment scene in nearly every major city and small town.

From our vibrant architecture to outdoor sculptures and galleries, Wisconsin is a living, breathing piece of art. We value self-expression and the feeling of camaraderie found among a crowd of theater or museum-goers. 

Our arts and entertainment scene is more than just an admission ticket and a day or night out — it’s an enriching experience for every family member and friend.

Museums Galore

Wisconsin is home to everything from art galleries and exhibits to museums and history

For visual art, stop by the Milwaukee Art Museum, which hosts world-class exhibits and is a work of art itself. On the exterior of the building is a Burke Brise Soleil giant moving sculpture you have to see to believe. Also in Milwaukee is the Charles Allis Art Museum, a historic mansion home to a stunning collection of fine art and antiquities. In Oshkosh, art is found inside and outside at the Paine Art Center and Gardens.

For a bit of history and something the whole family will enjoy, check out the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum and the Discovery World Science and Technology Center.

Don't forget to add some quirky stops to your itinerary! Visit the National Mustard Museum in Middleton (yes, there's a museum for that) and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee for more family fun.

Stunning Architecture

Learning about architecture is a cultural experience as well as a visual delight. Drive or walk around city streets and marvel at architecture with your family or on a tour.

In Milwaukee, sign up for a guided downtown walking tour of local architecture wonders, including the Mackie building. In southern Wisconsin, take a self-guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, which highlights the architectural works of the world-renowned architect. Some of the stops include Wright’s Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center in Racine and the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center found in Madison

Native Culture

Eleven federally-recognize Tribes exist within Wisconsin's borders. Celebrate the people indigenous to the area by learning more about Native culture past and present.

Visit the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire to see award-winning exhibits and read stories about the Ojibwa tribe and other people native to the Chippewa Valley. In Crandon, stop by the Forest County Potawatomi Museum and Cultural Center, which focuses on the history and language of the Potawatomi. 

Annual events, like the Honor The Earth Pow Wow in Hayward, provide you with the opportunity to taste Native American foods, purchase crafts and watch traditional competitive dancing. 

Live Art

We can’t talk about our arts and entertainment scene without mentioning our performing arts.

See a comedy show or musical concert at The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee’s most opulent and historic stage. Other unmissable performing arts destinations include the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, The Orpheum Theater in Madison and, the American Players Theater in Spring Green and the Wisconsin Philharmonic in Waukesha. Start planning your trip now for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

See a show, visit a museum or explore some of our city’s architectural landmarks. Wherever you go in Wisconsin, you and your crew are sure to discover incredible art and culture.