Address
227 State St
Madison, WI 53703
phone: 608-257-0158
e-mail: info@mmoca.org
web: www.mmoca.org
Hours
Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday12 PM - 5 PM
Friday12 PM - 8 PM
Saturday10 AM - 8 PM
Mondayclosed
Admissions
There is no admission fee for museum exhibitions. Most museum education programs are also free. See the Calendar of Events for descriptions and details.
Free
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff

Description

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is an independent organization that exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art to provide transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community.

History

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is the city's oldest cultural organization. Established as the Madison Art Association in 1901, the organization presented education programs and exhibitions in borrowed spaces. In 1964, the organization leased the old Lincoln School on Lake Mendota and merged with the Madison Art Foundation to become the Madison Art Center. In 1980, the Madison Art Center moved into the Madison Civic Center, where it continued to organize and present ambitious exhibitions. In 2003, the Art Center's name was changed to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) to more accurately reflect the museum's ongoing mission.

After its 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 connected to Overture Center for the Arts.

Artifacts Collections

The permanent collection is key to the museum's mission to preserve and interpret visual art for the education and enjoyment of the public. As a result of generous gifts and museum purchases, the collection now numbers some 5,000 objects.

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.

The museum's collection traces its origins to a major gift from Rudolph and Louise Langer in 1968. Through ongoing support from donors, it 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.

Educational Programs

For we have a variety of resources for teachers and kids as well as Drop-in Tours, Gallery Talks, and a thriving docent program, all of which can be found listed on our website.

  • http://www.mmoca.org/learn/teachers
  • http://www.mmoca.org/learn/kids
  • http://www.mmoca.org/events/talks-and-tours

Facilities

Auditoriums

Publications

We publish an online and print newsletter seasonally.

  • http://www.mmoca.org/about/publications/current-newsletter

ADA

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.

Wheelchair Accessible

Restrooms

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Restaurant

Group Tours