Chazen Museum of Art



When dropping off visitors, vehicles may pull into a drive in front of the Chazen Museum on the right hand side of University Avenue between Lake and Park Streets. The drive is out of traffic and has safe areas for loading and unloading. During normal business hours, there is one handicap accessible parking stall in this area. UW Permit stalls are available to park in after 4:30 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday. Please see the parking page for more information about parking ramps nearby.

All entrances to the museum have accessible power-assist doors.

The Chazen Museum includes two buildings, the expansion at 750 University Avenue and the original Elvehjem Building at 800 University Avenue. The two buildings are joined by an enclosed bridge, accessible from the third floor.

The newer building's elevator is located in the main lobby, on the west side of the building next to the Museum Shop. This is the most convenient elevator for visitors and can be used to move between all floors of the museum.

The Elvehjem Building also has an elevator, which is located near the north entrance. Please note that the elevator is not accessible from the south entrance closest to University Avenue. Use of the Elvehjem Building elevator is partially restricted. It is self-operated between the lower level and floors one and two. To access galleries on floors three and four, press the blue call button located on the wall to the right of the elevator door and a security officer will assist.

For visitors attending classes or lectures in the Elvehjem Building, ramp access to classroom 120 and room 110 is only at the south entrance on University Avenue. All other classrooms are accessible via the elevator near the north entrance. All public event spaces in the Chazen building are on the ground floor, or accessible via elevator.

Three wheelchairs are available at the Chazen Museum on a first come-first served basis. For questions or assistance with your visit, contact the museum visitor services associate.

Vision ImpairedTop

A guided descriptive Whistlestop Tour of permanent collection displays, recommended for teens and adults, is available to visitors who are blind or have low vision. On request, tactile educational materials focusing on artistic methods can be incorporated into a gallery tour. Touchable educational aids are available in the following areas:

  • Painting: Old Master and 20th-Century Techniques
  • Sculpture: Traditional and New Materials
  • Printmaking: Woodcut, Etching, Lithography, and Silkscreen

The educational materials are suitable for children as well as adults. In addition, the museum has designated ten objects in the permanent collection as touchable by visitors who are blind or have low vision. A specially trained docent or the curator of education leads these Art Touch Tours and participants are required to wear cotton gloves supplied by the museum. Art Touch Tours are available to individuals or groups of no more than three. Descriptive tours of temporary exhibitions can also be developed on request. Arrangements, including date and time, for all tours must be made at least three weeks in advance.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact the curator of education.

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Assisted listening devices are available for all lectures and programs that take place in room L140 and L160 in the Elvehjem Building and in the auditorium of the expansion. The Chazen will provide sign language interpretation for guided tours and other educational programs with three-week advance notice.

For more information or to request sign language interpretation, contact the curator of education.

Chazen Museum of Art

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Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison, WI

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