Chazen Museum of Art

General Community

The expanded Chazen Museum of Art dedicates 32,000 square feet of exhibition space to the display of its permanent collection. Ten to twelve temporary loan exhibitions are held in the dedicated temporary exhibition galleries each year. All exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public. The Chazen Museum encourages independent browsing of its galleries and provides resources to facilitate the visitor’s understanding and appreciation of its displays.

Drop-in Docent ToursTop

Drop-in guided tours of the museum's exhibitions are regularly available on Sundays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 12:30 pm. No appointment is necessary. A docent meets interested visitors in the lobby of the new building and escorts them through the galleries. Generally, Sunday tours focus on temporary exhibitions while Thursday tours focus on the permanent collection. Tours can be tailored to the interests of the group. Please drop in!

Trained docents are available to guide organized groups through Chazen Museum of Art exhibitions.

Information is also available for group tours and visitors with special needs.

Events and ActivitiesTop

The Chazen Museum of Art offers receptions, family days, and other special activities related to exhibitions, as well as lectures, gallery talks, artist demonstrations, panel discussions, and symposia. Beginning in November, 2011, the museum will also have a film program in the new auditorium. We occasionally host social events to launch new endeavors and celebrate museum landmarks. Other organizations may present visual arts–related events in our building as well. Go to our events calendar to see what's happening.

Curator Meetings and Art InformationTop

Members of the public with a special interest in a particular work of art from the museum’s collection that is not on display may make arrangements with a curator for a viewing. Such arrangements are by appointment only and depend on the availability of the curator. All appointments should be made at least one week in advance so that the desired works can be pulled from storage. The museum registrars also maintains documentation on works in the collection, which is available by appointment to scholars, collectors, and other seriously interested parties. Please call the receptionist at 608-263-2246 for help contacting the appropriate staff member.


The Chazen Museum offers fee-based, noncredit summer classes for members, taught by the museum's curators. Each mini-course consists of six 90-minute sessions during a three-week period. One course focuses on print connoisseurship, the other on curatorial issues related to painting and sculpture; both use the collections as primary resources. Course topics vary from year to year.

Past course titles have included:

  • History and Technique in Printmaking

  • The Woodblock Print in Japan, Europe, and America

  • Painting and Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance

  • European Baroque Painting

The emphasis of these courses is direct, first-hand examination of artworks. Class enrollment is limited so that each participant can study the works up close in an interactive setting. For more information about summer courses, or to be placed on the mailing list to receive course descriptions and registration form, contact the curator of education.

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

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