Arts & Museums

Center for the Visual ArtsCenter for the Visual Arts

427 Fourth Street, Wausau
(715) 842-4545
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm-4 pm
Closed Mondays & Holidays
Free Admission
Visit their Website

The Center for the Visual Arts, housed in a registered Landmark building, provides exhibition space for local and regional artists in all artistic media. The Center also features thematic exhibits throughout the year and offers classes in all art media to all age groups. A complete exhibit schedule is included in the continuing events section of this guide. Information about classes is available by calling the center.

The Grand Theater

The Grand Theater415 Fourth Street, Wausau
715/842-0988
Visit their Website
Hours and admission prices vary with performances.
 

StageOriginally opened in 1927 as an opera house, the Grand Theater located at 415 Fourth Street in downtown Wausau is a beautiful Classical-Revival structure containing stunning examples of colonnades, marble statuettes and a solid Bedford limestone facade. In 1987, a community-sponsored restoration project brought the theater back to its past glory. Included with that, a fully computerized lighting and sound system and extensive stage rigging were added to the structure. In 2002 the facility underwent  a $13 million ArtsBlock expansion project which provided significant enhancements including expanded audience space, performance area amenities, expanded lobby and meeting spaces.

The theater hosts Broadway shows, national touring acts and local productions and concerts. Hours and admission prices vary with performances. For information about upcoming events at the Grand Theater, contact the Performing Arts Foundation box office at 715-842-0988 or toll free at 888-239-0421.
 

I. S. Horgen Antique Farm Machinery Museum

Antique Farm Machinery MuseumMarathon Park, Wausau
715-261-1550 Office
The museum is open from May 1 through October 15 by appointment and during the Wisconsin Valley Fair. Call the Park Office at (715) 261-1550 for an appointment.

  • Free Admission
  • Handicapped accessible
  •  

The Ingwal S. Horgen Farm Museum was established on July 31, 1965. Ingwal S. Horgen, Park Commissioner at the time, began collecting farm equipment, hand tools, household utensils, and other related items. In 1974, the present facility was constructed to house the collection.

Success in Central Wisconsin has come from the soil. This fascinating collection of artifacts from the agricultural history of Marathon County is intended to be educational and entertaining. The display is well organized and labeled for easy viewing.

Outdoor GalleriesLeigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

700 North Twelfth Street, Wausau
715/ 845-7010
Tuesday-Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5 pm.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Free Admission
Web Site: www.lywam.org

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

The Museum's permanent collection soars in celebration of nature with historic and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that focus on birds. The annual Birds in Art exhibition in September and October is worth crowing about and attracts both international artists and visitors. Stately gardens dotted with sculpture invite visitors to "outdoor galleries."

In 1976, John and Alice Woodson Forester transformed their English Cotswold-style residence into a museum to display her mother's collections of Royal Worcester porcelains and Victorian glass baskets. The stunning new sculpture garden is a work of art in progress. Follow brick pathways through this ever-changing, ever-growing natural exhibit. You'll enjoy exploring this outdoor gallery set against the backdrop of the changing seasons.

 Year-round changing exhibitions provide a wide variety of fine art experiences. Educational opportunities abound for visitors of all ages through guided tours and demonstrations, lectures, storytelling, and hands-on activities. Consult the schedule of events section for specific exhibition and program information.
 

Formal gardens at Marathon County Historical MuseumMarathon County Historical Museums

403 and 410 McIndoe Street, Wausau
715-848-6143
Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday, Friday, and major holidays
Admission: Donations Appreciated, Yawkey House Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $6, Students $5, children under 5 free.
Web Site: www.marathoncountyhistory.com

In 1954, Leigh Yawkey Woodson and her daughters donated the home of her late parents, lumberman Cyrus C. Yawkey and Alice Richardson Yawkey, to the Historical Society. The house was built in 1900 in the Classical Revival style and later remodeled in the Prairie School style. In 1974, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yawkey House is currently being renovated to its original rooms, an authentically furnished music room, dining room, and parlor give a taste of gracious living of a bygone era. The formal gardens displaying a colorful array of native wildflowers, perennials, annuals, and herbs and carriage house are open throughout the summer.

In 1995, the Society purchased the home of A.P. Woodson and Leigh Yawkey Woodson, located across the street at 410 McIndoe Street. The house was built in 1914 and designed by Prairie School architect, George W. Maher. The Woodson House contains the Historical Society’s library, archives, administrative offices, artifact storage, and the educational exhibit area.

 

The Wausau Conservatory of Music

404 Seymour Street, Wausau
(715) 845-6279
Administration Office Open Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:30 pm
Website: www.wausauconservatory.org 

The conservatory was founded in 1981 by interested individuals seeking opportunities to study music in North Central Wisconsin.  The organization's mission is to provide exceptional music education and performances which enrich and improve the musical life of students and community.  Student skills and ages cover all spectrums from beginners to masters and from 18 months to 80 years old.  The facility provides for 27 teaching studios, concert and rehearsal halls and plenty of great equipment and instruments.  Concerts are held regularly and are always open and free to the public.

 

Wausau Community Theatre

136 Summer Street, Wausau
(715) 359-3972
Website: www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org 

Wausau community theater provides indoor and outdoor entertainment to the Wausau area.  Audiences will enjoy the work of the local volunteers who produce high quality performances.    

 

Wausau Dance Theatre

124 N 3rd Avenue, Wausau
(715)843-5444
Website: www.wausaudancetheatre.com
Hours and admission prices vary with performances
 
Wausau Dance Theatre is a regional dance company that presents a variety of productions each year.  The holiday productions of  the Halloween Thriller, a Dance Spooktacular, and the Christmas Nutcracker generate anticipation from dedicated audiences. 
 

Wausau Symphony & Band

(715) 845-2144
Website: www.wsandb.org 

The Wausau Symphony may be the oldest symphony in the State of Wisconsin with the first documented concert held on January 25, 1989.  In 1940 the organization was reorganized by a local group who presuaded a violinist from New York to relocate to Wausau to teach music and conduct the orchestra.  In 1979 the orchestra was separated into two performing instrumental groups and a chamber chorus was organized.  In 1984 interest in jazz music inspired the addition of a Jazz Ensemble.  The orchestra, symphonic band and jazz ensemble provide high quality musical concerts. 

Allegro Dance Theater

(715)845-5199
Website: www.allegrodance.org
 
The Allegro Dance Theater was formed in 1998.  It is a children's dance company.  The dance troupe consists of local dancers ages ten to eighteen.  The organization is an affiliate of the Peforming Arts Foundation. 
 
 
 
Copyright (c) 2014 Wausau Wisconsin