Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art

227 State Street


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

MMoCA 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.


After a distinguished 105-year history in borrowed and refurbished spaces, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art opened to the public on April 23, 2006, in a new facility within Overture Center for the Arts.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the museum's exhilarating facility offers 51,500 square feet of space for the study, presentation, and conservation of modern and contemporary art, as well as a 7,100-square-foot rooftop sculpture garden. Public amenities include spacious galleries, a 230-seat lecture hall, a children's classroom, a new-media gallery, and a study center for drawings, prints, and photographs.

Like the rest of Overture Center, the facility was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of W. Jerome Frautschi, a long-time friend of the museum.


Marian Hart

Monday, June 11, 2018
Famous artists, worth seeing even for those who usually go to huge museums. Beautiful building, with a must visit if you have children because their huge room with massive amounts of forms children can put together to truly experience the feeling of an artist. Go there regularly to nurture their young creative. It's free.

Jennifer Reinfried

Friday, May 11, 2018
Beautiful space but not a whole lot to look at unless there is an event going on. Was there on a Saturday. Only bathroom I was told about was on the third floor, so nothing on the main one. Going up the stairs I found there wasn't much to see on second or third floors. Weird.

Deepak Kumar

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Has many interesting pieces of art. Worth the visit. 2 hrs is a good time at this place

Missy Isles

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Really fun variety. Great place to spend an hour checking stuff out. Would recommend!

sue jacobs

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Interesting collection. Not very big but since admission is free you can enjoy it and then feel free to leave and have coffee in one of the nearby shops. Looks like an interesting restaurant on the top floor but wasn't open when we were there.

Recent News

Holiday Art Fair 2015

Each November, the spaces of MMoCA and the Overture Center for the Arts are transformed as over 85 artists and specialty food vendors come together with thousands of visitors to kick off the holiday season with cheer. The 2015 Holiday Art Fair will p…

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Exhibition - Wisconsin Pastorale

In this exhibition, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents a selection of Lois Ireland’s Wisconsin landscape paintings. Ireland, born in Waunakee, Wisconsin and spending the majority of her life in the state, is known for her regionali…

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