Center for the Visual Arts
427 Fourth Street, Wausau
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm-4 pm
Closed Mondays & Holidays
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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
415 Fourth Street, Wausau
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Hours and admission prices vary with performances.
Originally 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
Marathon 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.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
700 North Twelfth Street, Wausau
Tuesday-Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5 pm.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Web Site: www.lywam.org
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.
Marathon County Historical Museums
403 and 410 McIndoe Street, Wausau
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.
Allegro Dance Theater
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.
Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre
Formed in 1979 when Wausau Children’s Theatre and the Merry Pipers merged into one organization; Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre (CWCT) serves as a place where children perform and produce full scale musicals and plays throughout the year. CWCT provides positive opportunities for all young people to grow and develop their self-esteem and self-confidence through the art of Quality Theater.
Wausau Community Theatre
136 Summer Street, Wausau
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.
The Wausau Conservatory of Music
404 Seymour Street, Wausau
Administration Office Open Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:30 pm
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 Dance Theatre
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
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.